Feature Story                                                           Sunday, February 26, 2017


Look Who's Walking

Coldest Night walk fundraiser for the Cyrus Centre

Staff/Voice photos



CNOY Walkers who stopped at the Cyrus Centre for homeless youth on Wellington last Saturday.



pend a night squatting under a bush downtown in the dead of winter and you'll learn what it's like for someone living on the streets. But that's just one night. When we multiply that by 365 days and we'll understand the importance of life's basics like food and shelter. If someone doesn't eat for ten days then they die.

While 80,000 people went about their daily lives in Chilliwack Saturday, somewhere over a hundred heroes wearing bright yellow toques took part in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraising walk from the Salvation Army Friendship Centre auditorium on Brooks Ave. through downtown.


Sheila Scoble, club and event director, Sardis Kiwanis, whose husband is president.


"We are the first shelter partner across Canada that has partnered with a shelter and soup kitchen program," she said. "Five of our teams have raised over $2000 and that is absolutely amazing."

According to Scoble, they collected $22,757 in donations, or about 91 per cent of their goal, and that there were 52 other locations taking part in the fundraiser across the country with 1,661 teams, 10,413 walkers and 1,377 volunteers raising a combined total of $2.5M for shelters.


Last year, this photo was chosen for publication in the national CNOY magazine.


Shelter & Outreach Director Kyle Belton said the Salvation Army has a lot of different programs they offer to people in need within the community.

"This money is specifically going to helping the homeless and hungry to access our soup kitchen and emergency shelter, and that is a big chunk of money to be able to do something really great, and thank you to all of you for that," he said.

"There are not enough words to thank each and every one of you for your efforts for CNOY," said Scoble in a release on Sunday. "Many went above and beyond expectations and their job descriptions to ensure our success."


People can donate online, by mail specifying it's for Chilliwack to: Attn: Coldest Night of the Year, Blue Sea Philanthropy, 260-659 King Street East, Kitchener, ON, Canada N2G 2M4, or by dropping off a cash/cheque donation at the Friendship Centre located at 46420 Brooks Ave.

Food and clothing donations are always appreciated at the Care and Share Centre located at 45746 Yale Rd.


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