[North Bay, December 2, 2014] – The Gathering Place, North Bay’s Community Soup Kitchen, is encouraging North Bay residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The 2nd Annual Coldest Night of the Year Walk. A family-friendly winter fundraising event for North Bay's hungry, hurting, and homeless, the WALK takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 21st, 2015.
Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of living below the poverty line during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of The Gathering Place in providing much-needed support to our neighbours in need. Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 80 cities from coast to coast.
The North Bay WALK begins and ends at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin, located at 555 Algonquin, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.
This is The Gathering Place's second year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $100,000. An anticipated 400 walkers and 50 teams, including staff and friends of The Gathering Place are expected to brave the cold winter's night. Community sponsors include Rebuilt Resources, The Moose 106.3FM, Cecil’s Eatery and Beer Society, Peter Gregory Promotions, See More Graphics and Cogeco Business Solutions.
The Gathering Place has been serving North Bay for 11 years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit our neighbours in need in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.