The Lighthouse is encouraging Orillia and its surrounding residents to team up, fundraise, and walk in The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY).
This family-friendly, WINTERRIFIC fundraising walk takes place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, and supports people experiencing hunger, hurt, and homelessness in Simcoe County.
Tens of thousands of Canadians will take to the streets for CNOY with events taking place in 150 cities, towns, and communities across the country. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of The Lighthouse in providing much-needed support.
The Orillia and the surrounding area walk begins and ends at Twin Lakes Secondary School, located at 381 Birch St., Orillia. Participants will walk a 2km or 5km route and can warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way and will be able to celebrate their efforts together at the finish line.
This is The Lighthouse’s 10th year anniversary taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $200,000. An expected 1,000 walkers with 100 teams, including staff and friends of The Lighthouse are expected to brave the cold winter's night.
The Lighthouse has been serving Orillia and surrounding area for 30 years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their in-house community in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.