Over 200 walkers together raised over $52,000 for the Coldest Night of the Year walk in Saskatoon which raised funds for the Bridge and the Lighthouse. Thanks also to the Saskatoon Transit, Co-op and PotashCorp for their support!
The Coldest Night of the Year is this Saturday, February 20th, starting at 4pm at Station 20 W. Walk with us for 2, 5 or 10km and warm up with a chili meal at the Lighthouse to celebrate your success. The City of Saskatoon will be providing bus service back to Station 20 W, where there is ample free parking.
Please donate towards the Coldest Night of the Year! If you are looking for a team to give to may be suggest Team Lighthouse, comprised of staff, friends and family, or Bridge Walkers with staff from the Bridge. All donations are split between the Lighthouse and The Bridge Fellowship Centre.
Federated Co-operative for being a Supporting Sponsor of the event as well.
We are still looking for more people to walk with us or volunteer for the event on Feb. 20th. Registration starts at Station 20 W at 4:00pm.
If you would like to volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support! And remember, it’s cold out here!
On February 20th, Saskatoon has something to celebrate – and so could you!
That’s the night folks in Saskatoon will join thousands of others in 75 cities across Canada in “The Coldest Night of the Year”, a 2, 5 and 10 km winter walk-a-thon in support of the hungry, homeless and hurting.
In Saskatoon, we’ll be walking for The Lighthouse Supported Living and The Bridge Fellowship Centre.
The Lighthouse provides housing for anyone in need of a place to call home by the operation of a men’s and women’s emergency shelter, supported living suites and affordable, independent apartments. The Lighthouse also operates a Mobile Outreach Service and a Community Kitchen Meal Program to help street entrenched individuals in our community. The Bridge serves the homeless and/or poor in our community by providing fellowship, clothing, food and household essentials, all supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and staff.
Sponsorship: First, we are still looking for a Lead Sponsor for $5,000 this year.
With 200 walkers and over $46,000 raised last year, this year we are anticipating an even greater response for our third year!
Participation: Second, would you also consider engaging the WALK by registering a team and recruiting employees to walk and raise money with us that night?
The WALK is something special. It’s fun, challenging and meaningful. The Lighthouse and The Bridge are also something special and its work and service in our community are essential. Please consider joining us by walking and sponsoring this great event.
And remember, it’s cold out there.
Saskatoon Event Director
Note: The Coldest Night of the Year is operated under the charitable and financial oversight of Blue Sea Philanthropy, (BSP). BSP is a public Canadian foundation registered with with CRA as of May 31, 2012. All event management and operational oversight is provided by BSP – our charitable number is: CRA – 819882655RR0001
Thank you Saskatoon for joining us for the Coldest Night of the Year! While we canceled the 10km as it was around -22 degress, the 5km and 2km had just over 200 walkers. Together we raised over $50,000 for the Lighthouse and the Bridge.
Our sponsor KPMG help us purchase hand warmers, coffee, treats and provide the chili meal afterwards.
Also thanks to Grazing Goat for being our distance sponsor, David’s Tea for warming us up, and Prairie Meats and Saputo.
The Coldest Night of the Year truly helps the hungry, homeless and hurting right here in Saskatoon thanks to your support!
As old man winter continues to pummel the prairies, hundreds of Saskatoon residents will take to the streets tonight to help the city’s most vulnerable.
Hosted by The Lighthouse, the first Saskatoon Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser walk offers walkers a hint of what the city’s homeless may experience on a daily basis.
“This walk is just a tiny little taste for a lot of people in Saskatoon that they don’t get to see,” Lighthouse spokeswoman DeeAnn Mercier said, adding the city’s homeless often don’t even have the luxury of riding the bus.
“There are those appointments that they have to make whether it’s minus 30 or not and that often may mean walking.”
The two, five or 10 kilometer walk raises money for the city’s homeless services. Since 2011, more than 60 Canadian communities have raised $2.4 million for the cause.
With howling wind chills reaching -45 C, this winter has been a challenge for the city’s homeless.
“I saw a gentleman who came in with some of the worst frostbite I’ve ever seen in my entire life, just absolutely black stubs of fingers and needed help changing his bandages. It’s just completely disturbing that people are having some of those challenges in Saskatoon,” she said.
The Lighthouse has 25 beds for women and upwards of 30 men who stay at the shelter each night but Mercier said if it came down to it, they would put mattresses in the hallways to make sure everyone had a warm place to sleep.
Mercier said just over 200 people have registered for Saturday night’s walk and they’ve surpassed their $25,000 goal by a landslide.
“We’ve broken $33,000 but I think we’ll break $35,000,” she said.
Registration for the walk gets underway at the Lighthouse at 4 p.m. and the walk begins at 5:15 p.m. Everything will wrap up back at the Lighthouse with hot drinks and chilly.
Thanks to CKOM for this article raising awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year walk and our wonderful sponsors, especially KPMG and the United Way. By the time this hit the airways we had already hit $35,000!!