Harvest House P.E.I. is encouraging Island residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for the Coldest Night of the Year, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for P.E.I.'s hurting, hungry and homeless, set for the evening of Feb. 24.
Thousands of participants will participate in the walk in an anticipated 120 cities across Canada.
By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being 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.
The Charlottetown walk begins and ends at Central Christian Church Hall, 223 Kent St., 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 charcoal-coloured toques, participants will walk a 2-km, 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 sixth year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, and it is aiming to raise $40,000 for its work with hurting people in P.E.I. This year, the goal is to pay off the mortgage. An expected 300 walkers on 20 teams, including staff and friends of Harvest House P.E.I. and Solomon’s Porch, are expected to brave the cold winter's night.
Harvest House PEI has been serving P.E.I. for 19 years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit its clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.