Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser heats up in 2017

By Jill Sperling
February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The sixth annual Coldest Night of the Year event in Kamloops is on track to be the best yet. 

The walk will take place at Riverside Park this Saturday, Feb. 25. 

It's a national event, but each city raises funds for a specific non-profit. In Kamloops, the funds go to New Life Community Kamloops. 

As of Thursday afternoon, 70 per cent of a $50,000 goal had been reached. 

"We are probably almost double the amount of money we've raised so far," said event director Carol Paulsen. "We've got more than our goal for the teams that have signed up, and we've got over 200 walkers. We're hoping to get about 500, but I don't know that might be a bit ambitious, but that's what our hope is." 

The funds raised for the Coldest Night of the Year will go towards New Life Community's outreach program, which provides meals for the hungry. 

It will also help to fund dental and hairdressing programs, as well as Thrift City.

"The Christmas campaign brought in a fair amount of money, Easter is coming but it's a ways off, so it's a really nice push at this time of year to get in a big chunk of money, so it's needed," Paulsen said. "We never are flushed with money at New Life Community."

For more information on how to donate or participate in the walk click here.

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