This Saturday is The Coldest Night of the Year, when locals will join together for a charity walk to raise money for the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter. Things are looking good already with the event just shy of reaching its targeted fundraising goal.
“We had our last conference call this morning and we’re sitting at 95 per cent of our goal right now,” said co-ordinator Coralynn Nydokus. “We’re about $1,500 away, which is fantastic.”
The total amount raised is a little over $23,500 and so far 18 teams have signed up for the frosty stroll the begins and ends at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. A team called Men of the Narrow Gate are currently leading the pack and the Boys with Noise are a close second, both teams having raised over the $4,000 mark.
ADM Agri-Industries has signed on as lead sponsor and ATCO will also be playing a big part this year.
“They’re (ATCO) going to be bringing out tents and they’re supplying volunteers to supply those tents as rest stops on the walk,” Nydokus said. “Tim Hortons is going to donate the coffee and all of that stuff again; the coffee and cream and all the things we need for that purpose.”
Though most of the sponsors for the event are secured, Nydokus said they are still open to having an event sponsor should any business or company want to get involved, but the main thing they need at this point is more volunteers to help run the walk.
“If anyone is looking for a volunteer opportunity, we definitely still need volunteers for the event so we’re definitely open to that as well.”
The Coldest Night of the Year also takes place in communities across the country and is designed to show people how it feels to be homeless during the coldest months, while raising money for local shelters.
So far nationally, there are 2,045 teams signed up with just over $1.7 million raised, reaching about 56 per cent of Canada’s overall goal.
Lloydminster’s event is still open for registration or people can just show up on the day of the walk.
“Just bring the $25 registration fee and come walk with us, enjoy the meal, enjoy the hot chocolate and all that fun stuff,” said Nydokus.
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer call Coralynn Nydokus at 306-830- 9283.