Article and Photos by Mai-Liis Renaud
“We had 121 walkers, over 40 volunteers, and we raised just under $18,000! We are really happy with the support we received from the community tonight.” said Kendra Smith, Volunteer Coordinator of the Agapè Centre in Cornwall. (seen here in the photo with Cornwall City Councillor Carilyne Hébert.)
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada. It was the third year that our local Agapè Centre in Cornwall took part in this event, with a 2km and a 5km walk starting and ending at the Centre where walkers were fed a warm celebration meal, cooked by Carilyne Hébert. There was supposed to be a 10km walk but due to the weather conditions, that walk was cancelled. However, Ryann O’Byrne, a local author,“now with very wet boots” did complete the 10km walk “by doing the 5km walk twice” she stated.
Lee Theodore who volunteered as a Route Marshall and the Ontario Hockey Academy were also a part of the long list of volunteers who helped with this evening’s fundraiser walk.
Congratulations to everyone for a job well done!