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Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop in Centre Mall this weekend and next!

 

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Thank you to those you stopped by and gave to the Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop. We are located in the Centre Mall this weekend and next, asking for your donations to help those who are experiencing homelessness this winter. You can also donate via this very site! Click www.lighthousesaskatoon.org/givehope/.

Your donations help us expand the good work the Lighthouse is already doing in the community. This year your donations have helped with such various things such as expanding the hours of the Mobile Outreach, purchasing bug-proof mattresses, and helping purchase art supplies for Saturday programming.

To read more about the Lighthouse Pop-Up Shop read this great article from the Metro News which you can read here.

A video will be coming soon!

Amazing Amount Raised!!

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22 teams participated in the first Amazing Race – Lighthouse Edition and challenged their friends, family and co-workers to pledge towards their team. Over a dozen mini-challenges through out the downtown encouraged teams to work together and learn about various organization and non-profits in downtown Saskatoon.

For more pictures of the event please see click here. Thank you to Patti Timmerman for her photography and Bob Holtsam for editing and posting.

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Our 30 volunteers came with their enthusiasm and community-spirit. A great thank you goes to you as well!

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We could not have done this without various host locations around downtown Saskatoon including Persephone Theatre, the Saskatoon Food Bank, the Clothing Depot, Freedom Functional Fitnessthe Downtown Firehall, and Booster Juice in Midtown Plaza. Their willingness to have 45 people compete in their facility was greatly appreciated.

Our sponsors donated prizes, in-kind and monetary donations. Community partners are what allow us to put on events like this.

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Team Divorce Divas raised the most amount of funds and received two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. Our winning team of the competition was Team Tatlow from PA, followed closely by Team Extreme and Team SBC Recess Guardians.

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All funds raise are going towards the Lighthouse Mobile Outreach which transports individuals in need of emergency shelter. Winter will soon be upon us and a safe, warm place because life saving to those we serve. Thank you so much for your support!!

Seeking Teams for the Amazing Race!!

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Sign up your team for the Amazing Race – Lighthouse Edition. Teams of two will compete in mini challenges in downtown Saskatoon with an after-celebration at Hudson’s. The top fundraising team will receive two tickets anywhere WestJet flies and the winning team will receive a prize pack including a two nights stay at the Lost Creek Resort in Saskatoon! We hope that you will join us!!

Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors:

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Coldest Night of the Year walk raises money for city’s homeless

Reported by Lasia Kretzel
First Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:41am | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2014 9:42am
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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!!