Smaller walk, but great enthusiasm

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February 23, 2016 11:04 AM

Cheryl Ross showed her support at Coldest Night of the Year walk Saturday, when participants walked to raise money and awareness for the local homeless population.

Numbers were down for 2016’s Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk, but that hasn’t stopped organizers from considering the event a success.
“It’s definitely a success when everyone comes out from the community and joins us in an event,” said Laura Berube, executive director of the Lloydminster Men’s Shelter and planning committee member of CNOY. “Enthusiasm was great; we had a lot of the same walkers come back year after year and they’re wonderful.”
This year saw 11 teams with 41 walkers raise about $12,500, which was roughly 50 per cent of the goal set out by organizers.
Tanya Sherwood, who was walking with the Team B’s, said she went out to have some fun, socialize and support a good local cause.
“I think with the economy the way it is, there’s getting to be more and more people in the situation of being homeless and for us, it’s just a way to show our support,” said Sherwood, during Saturday night’s walk.
Richard Starke, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster, was on hand at the opening ceremony and echoed Sherwood’s sentiment, thanking everyone involved for providing care and support for the vulnerable in Lloydminster’s community.
“Especially at this time of year when it’s cold out, so on behalf of my colleagues at the Alberta Legislature I’d like to thank everyone for their involvement.”

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