Monday, Feb 26, 2018 


Cold Cash

2018 "Coldest Night" event raises cash for Cyrus Centre

By Staff/Voice photos


Coldest Night of the Year walkers huddle under a canopy set up in front of the Cyrus Centre on Saturday.


hardy slice of Chilliwack residents trudged through snow and slush to raise bread in what's called "The Coldest Night of the Year" (CNOY) walk to raise funds for the Cyrus Centre,  a local Christian-based group billed as a drop-in that provides youth food and emergency shelter designed to offer programs that help steer youths under the age of 19 away from the street.


Chilliwack's walk was just one of more than 120 across Canada raising money for similar programs.


The Cyrus Centre flagship operation began in 2004 in Abbotsford and expanded to Chilliwack in 2014.


According to the CNOY website, the walk is to give people a sense of what homeless youth face daily.


"By walking at dusk during a cold winter's night you'll feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter. And, by fundraising, you'll be contributing much-needed money to a charity in your town bringing hope and help to people in your community who need support."


The Cyrus Centre continues to expand its beds each year through funds generated from CNOY event.

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz and her husband Jim are familiar faces each year in the CNOY Walk finished the Walk in Olympic speed Saturday.


The 5km Chilliwack walk began at the First Avenue Christian Assembly Church ending at the centre at Wellington Ave and College St.


There was no word from Cyrus officials regarding the total amount raised.


For more information, visit The Cyrus Centre website


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