Coldest Night of the Year exceeds its fundraising goal
On February 25, more than 18,000 Canadians were part of the Coldest Night of the Year. The winter walk takes place in more than 100 communities across the country, and seeks to build awareness about homelessness and hunger while raising funds for local organizations.
The Mustard Seed in Calgary has been actively involved in the event for the last two years, but in Edmonton and Red Deer, we hosted our first Coldest Night of the Year. 103 teams with a total of over 650 walkers participated in support of The Mustard Seed across all three cities.
By raising much needed funds for organizations that offer critical services to people in need, The Coldest Night of the Year is about creating meaningful, lasting change in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt.
“We do not walk just to understand, we walk to make a difference,” said Steve Wile, Chief Executive Officer of The Mustard Seed.
The Coldest Night of the Year gives a small taste of what someone experiencing homelessness may experience living outside in the winter months. People from all ages and backgrounds came out to show their support and make a difference by walking in the cold.
For our Calgary location, in partnership with Feed the Hungry and Bankview Apartments, walkers raised over $100,000. Walkers in Edmonton far exceeded their $25,000 goal by raising over $40,000, and in Red Deer, $20,000 was raised. Overall, the event raised over $4,000,000 for local organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness across Canada.
According to Homeless Hub’s 2016 report on The State of Homelessness in Canada, there are 235,000 Canadians experiencing homelessness and as nearly as 35,000 Canadians are homeless every night.
Thank you Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer for taking steps to end homelessness. We look forward to walking with you again next year on February 24, 2018, at another amazing Coldest Night of the Year!