The sixth annual Coldest Night of the Year Walk for Homelessness will be taking place virtually this year, organizers have announced. This supports Burnaby Community Services and The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby to assist local people most in need and living in extreme poverty.
The week-long walking fundraiser raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in Burnaby. Statistically, the third week in February is the coldest night of the year for those who have to sleep outside.
“Too many of Burnaby’s vulnerable are homeless and at high health risk," Executive Director of the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby Carol-Ann Flanagan said in a news release, announcing the 2022 event is scheduled for Feb. 19 to 26, 2022.
"This fundraiser enables us to continue offering an average of 180 homeless and at-risk Burnaby neighbours much needed immediate assistance such as a hot meal, clothing, transit and the opportunity to meet with outreach workers. All of which is critical as we work towards long-term solutions such as shelters and affordable housing.”
Each participant creates a team, raises money and walks two or five kilometres.
Alex Munroe of Burnaby Community Services noted, “We are constantly evolving to ensure our services meet the changing and growing needs of our community members.”
“In 2021, we expanded our community wellness initiatives that provide hampers of food, clothing and essentials to at-risk individuals. Our programs include providing information and assistance to Burnaby residents who have multiple barriers such as living with low income, mental or physical disabilities, or experiencing difficulties accessing legal aid.”
Community sponsors include the Burnaby NOW, the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, Anthem Properties and more.