Walk for Hungry and Homeless Tonight
Prince George, B.C. – People in over one hundred Canadian communities will take to the streets tonight for the Coldest Night of the Year walk, an event which has raised over $12 million nationally to support the hungry and homeless since 2011.
And here in Prince George participants will get a realistic snapshot of life on the streets in the winter as nighttime temperatures will be dropping into the minus low teens this evening and throughout the coming week.
The local walk is co-sponsored by AWAC (Association Advocating for Women and Children) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church. Participants can choose the distance they wish to walk, with 2, 5 and 10km routes set up.
The Start/Finish point and the hub for the event is St. Giles Presbyterian Church at 15th Avenue and Edmonton Street. Key times to note are as follows:
4pm – Registration opens. All walkers must check in and sign a waiver form.
5pm – Opening ceremony.
5:15pm – Walk begins.
6pm – Registration closes.
6pm to 8pm – A warm light meal is served to all walkers and volunteers.
8pm – Route closes and meal service ends.
There is a $25 registration fee however walkers who raise $150 (adults) or $75 (youth aged 13-17) do not have to pay the registration fee.
Participants are asked to show up with all cash and cheques payable to “Coldest Night of the Year”, pledge sheets with donor data filled out, and a signed Waiver Form which is available under TOOLS/FORMS on the main website at https://canada.cnoy.org/location/princegeorge
For the safety and security of all participants there will be rest stops available on all routes, maps of the well-signed routes will be available at the Welcome Desk at St. Giles, and there will be route marshals, rest stop attendants and security vehicles providing support along the routes.
All walkers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
The Prince George walk has a fundraising goal of $28,000 with just under $15,000 raised so far. The national goal is $4 million, with $3.3 million raised for the hungry and homeless prior to this evening’s walks across Canada.
One final advisory from walk organizers: please dress appropriately for the current weather conditions and wear good walking shoes or boots.