For the first time, the Owen Sound community will take part in a nationwide walk to raise money for charities serving people who are hungry, homeless and hurting.
The Coldest Night of the Year walk is meant to give people a hint of what it feels like to experience homelessness at night in the winter.
Safe N' Sound is organizing the local walk. The centre provides those in need with food, clothing, showers, laundry, a foot clinic, haircuts, an art program, advocacy, and referrals to helping agencies in Grey Bruce. Safe N' Sound serves roughly 40-45 people a day.
The Coldest Night of the Year is Saturday, February 23rd.
Julia Foley is a Georgian College Social Service Worker student who is helping to organize the walk.
She says locally, the goal is to raise $20,000 through the walk. So far over $16,000 has been raised and 105 walkers have registered locally. There are 21 teams and 43 volunteers.
The nationwide goal is to raise $5 million.
Participants must register online with a $40 dollar donation. The website is cnoy.org/register
Signing in for a 2km, 5 km, or 10 km walk opens at 4 p.m.
There will be an opening ceremony followed by the walk at 5:15.
After the walk, a warm meal will be served to walkers.
The walk will begin at Georgian Shores United Church, at 997 4th Ave E in Owen Sound.