Nelson's Coldest Night of the Year Walk fundraiser tops $47,000

More than 350 walkers braved very cool temperatures to participate in the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily
More than 350 walkers braved very cool temperatures to participate in the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Hundreds of Nelsonites joined Canadians in more than 100 communities across the country to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting citizens during 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

The super-fun, family-friendly event is held across Canada on the last Saturday of February, this year February 25.

Outside the former Central School in Nelson, opening ceremony speakers Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski and Jenny Robinson of Nelson Cares saluted the more than 350 walkers who braved sub-zero temperatures to raise money for affordable housing in Nelson.

Nelson's walk was supported by 38 teams and 352 walkers which raised $47,059 as of Sunday morning to go towards NCARES’ Room to Live campaign, a renewal project for Ward Street Place.

The initial goal set out by organizers was to raise $30,000.

There was also more than 100 volunteers along the walk routes and at the main Central School location to assist in making the event run smoothly.

The overall goal of the Room to Live campaign is to raise the remaining $90,000 of the $2.9 million to complete the project. 

Ward Street Place (567 Ward St) is a 103-year old building and is one of the only low-income housing blocks in the region.  It is home to people living in poverty and those who have escaped homelessness.

Anyone unable to attend the walk, who would still like to make a donation to Nelson's CNOY fundraising event can click on this link for more information.

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