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Burnaby’s Coldest Night of the Year warms hearts with record donations

Burnaby charities surpass their goal for donations for the Coldest Night of the Year event, raising more than $110K for services to support homeless and vulnerable people in the community.
Community members came out on Feb. 25 to walk and raise money for charities that support homelessness services in Burnaby.

The Coldest Night of the Year lived up to its name in wintry weather – and it also succeeded in raising the most money in the event’s history.

Burnaby walkers braved the snow on Feb. 25 to raise money for local charities Burnaby Community Services and the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.

They raised more than $110,000 in donations, surpassing the event’s goal. It’s the most the event has raised in its seven-year history, according to the event’s social media.

The walk raised money and awareness for the charities, both of which support homeless and vulnerable people in Burnaby.

A variety of community members and dignitaries attended, including Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, MLA Raj Chouhan, MP Peter Julian, the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Association, and many more.

Last year, Burnaby Community Services provided support more than 130,000 times to people in need. The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby served 698 individuals through more than 8,000 visits to its Outreach Resource Centre. It now serves 150 per cent more people weekly than at the beginning of the pandemic.

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