This year members of the community will be out and about in the downtown walking to raise funds and awareness about homelessness. The Strathmore Overnight Shelter’s Out Of The Cold Walk will take place on March 9.
Pastor Elizabeth Karp explained, “Registration starts at 4 p.m. and the walk will be around 5 p.m.”
The walk, which in the past has coincided with the ‘Coldest Night Of The Year’ walk, has participants raise funds for homelessness initiatives and awareness of the homeless in the community.
This is the third time the shelter has hosted the walk.
“We are doing it a little separate from the ‘Coldest Night Of The Year’,” said Karp. “Not that that is not a good cause. It’s a great cause, but we don’t get all the funds back to the shelter because they take an administration fee,” she said.
This year all of the funds raised during the walk stay local.
“You can walk 2, 5, or 10 km,” said Karp. Organizers will be accepting cash, cheque and e-transfer donations.
It costs only $40 to participate, but walkers can also find sponsors.
“If you raise over $100 in sponsors then you don’t play anything,” said Karp.
“Thank you to everybody that participates. It’s fantastic,” said Karp. She explained that lost of community members participate each year, this year organizers hope to also attract some local dignitaries like members of town council.
More information about the walk, along with forms will be posted on the Strathmore Overnight Shelter’s webpage.