The Community Comes Out to Support the Winter Walk in Surrey Whalley
On February 23, 2019 the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society, in partnership with the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society Task Force, came together to bring the Coldest Night of the Year back to Whalley. This is the first year the Society and the Task Force have worked together to participate in Canada’s National Walk for Homelessness: the Coldest Night of the Year is a family friendly walk a thon that raises money for charities that serve the vulnerable, hungry and homeless in communities hroughout Canada.
At 5:15pm, bag piper Jeff Sim from the Surrey Fire Fighters Alumni led over 90 walkers into the cold to set out to start their 2, 5 or 10km walk in downtown Whalley. As they made their way back to the City of Surrey plaza and atrium, the Taste of Heaven food truck welcomed our walkers with hot bowls of soup; Starbucks was also outside, greeting walkers with hot beverages and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Surrey provided delicious baked goods.
Over 14 Teams from local organizations worked together to raise funds to meet their goals; 10 Sponsors generously supported this event and 26 volunteers offered hours of their time to help make this event a success. Our volunteers spent time outside of work learning about their roles, coming to the training session and were amazing at the event. We could not have done this without them!
Overall, we were very pleased with the results of our first Coldest Night of the Year. Through all of the community support, we were able to raise over $18,000!
We would like to thank our Sponsors:
A special thanks for the tremendous participation of all the Vancity Surrey branches: 27-Newton, 30-Guildford, 44-Cedar Hills and 32-Surrey City Centre. We would also like to thank the Vancity back-office departments in Surrey, as well as Branch 32, who provided a Rest Stop where walkers could rest, re-hydrate and re-fuel along the route. We are very thankful for Vancity’s support of this event and are grateful to the staff for fundraising and volunteering their time to help us! Also, we would like to thank the City of Surrey for providing the venue space and Councillor Brenda Locke for her support. And a big thank you also to Mike Starchuk for being the Route Lead and for cheering our walkers on.
To the Surrey community and everyone who supported the Surrey Whalley Coldest Night of the Year Team, THANK YOU!