C-K supports Coldest Night of the Year

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Municipal officials and Coldest Night of the Year volunteers joined forces in the snow Friday to help raise awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser Feb. 24 in Chatham.

Municipal staff and community organizers joined Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope in raising awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year event, being held Feb. 24.

On that day, Canadians in more than 100 communities will participate in a walk to raise funds and awareness about the plight of homelessness.

The local walk, sponsored by NeighbourLink, will begin and end at The Hub, the former Pines Chapel, at 64 Ursuline Ave.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies being held at 5 p.m. and the walk beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Participants have a choice of two-, five- or 10-kilometre walks.

A light, warm meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers between 6-8 p.m.

Last year, 17 teams participated and raised $24,595. This year’s goal is $30,000. Funds are used to operate NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent programs, which include visiting shut-ins and providing transportation to those less fortunate in the community.

NeighbourLink network co-ordinator Alan Baker said his group “equips churches to work together to respond to needs in our community. We strive to ensure that our services meet needs not currently met by other groups.”

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope said NeighbourLink is one of scores of groups dedicated to caring for the community.

“It’s part of our nature in Chatham-Kent to take care of each other,” he said.

More details for the local event are online at http://www.neighbourlinkck.com.

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