Harvest House P.E.I. is encouraging Island residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for the Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family-friendly winter fundraising event for P.E.I.'s hurting, hungry and homeless, the walk takes place on the evening of Feb. 22.
Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Harvest House P.E.I. in providing much-needed support to members of our community. Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 64 cities from coast to coast.
The P.E.I. walk begins and ends at Central Christian Church, located at 223 Kent St., Charlottetown, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic gray toques with multi-coloured pom-poms, participants will walk a 2-kilometre, 5-km or 10-km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.
This is Harvest House P.E.I.'s second year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and they’re aiming to raise $50,000 for their work with the hurting and hungry in P.E.I. An expected 400 walkers and 35 teams, including staff and friends of Harvest House P.E.I., Solomon’s Porch, and Jars of Clay in Summerside are expected to brave the cold winter's night. Community sponsors include the Central Christian Church.
Harvest House P.E.I. has been serving the Island for 16 years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients coming into the newly opened, long-term residential addictions recovery program, and in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.