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February 18, 2016 1:33 PM

The Coldest Night Of the Year for 2016 is looking to be rather mild.
Lloydminster will be participating in the annual walk for homelessness awareness, the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), for the fourth time on Feb. 20 and the forecast appears to be a balmy -5 C.
The event takes place across the country on the same date and funds raised go toward helping the country’s homeless population.
“Coldest Night of the Year was developed by Blue Sea Philanthropy to address homelessness throughout the country,” said Laura Berube, executive director of the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter and planning committee member for CNOY.
Berube added the number of local participants in Lloydminster has increased each time the event was held, making it a year-over-year success.
“Every year it gets a little bigger,” she said.
“Last year, I think we had 173 (participants).”
CNOY has taken place at Bud Miller All Seasons Park for the last few years, but this time around, organizers are changing it up by having the walk downtown.
Berube said this is because most of the Border City’s homeless population reside in that area and this will give people a better perspective of what their world looks like.
“Every year we’ve always had something hot to eat after the walk, but this year we also plan on having some live entertainment,” said Berube.
“Making things a little warmer and cozier (for people) to come down and hang out when they’re done walking.”
There will be hot food served following the walk and this year will see the addition of live entertainment courtesy of some local bands.
Even though the weather this year looks promising, Berube recommends participants make sure to have proper insulated winter clothes and sturdy shoes or boots just in case.
The goal for 2016 is to raise at least $25,000, which is well below last years total of $32,000 raised.
The proceeds from Lloydminster’s walk will go to the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter and be used for general operations and special programs.
Berube said the timing is good because it’s around this time of year government funding for the Men’s Shelter wraps up.
Registration comes with a $25 fee and those interested can sign up online at CNOY.org.
“It would be really great to see people come out and support the event.”

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