Coldest Night of The Year 2018
Seabastien Upton-Francis and Raphael Lewin(right) serve hot chocolate at the amphitheatre at Kinsmen Park with the Strathmore Kinsmen Club during the Coldest Night of the Year.
It was a nice day as volunteers and walkers set out to make the tour of the Town of Strathmore during the 2018 Coldest Night of the Year walk. Participants set out from the Harvest Healing Centre Church and walked through the downtown around Kinsman Lake and back completing 5 km or 10 km walks.
The walk was held simultaneously with other communities across Canada with the aim of raising funds to prevent homelessness and to raise awareness.
Special guests who also attended were the Mayor of Strathmore Pat Fule, councillor Denise Peterson, who also provided a hot meal for participants after the walk and Chestermere -Rocky View MLA Leela Aheer.
“I wanted to take time on behalf of the Town of Strathmore to thank you all for working hard to either get your pledges in, your sponsorships or to be willing to put in your own money and then be willing to walk on this coldest night of the year walk to raise money for the overnight shelter, so congratulations to all of you,” said Fule.
He thanked everyone for the work they have done to help make the overnight shelter possible.
“I've had a tour of your church and building it looks amazing as far as what you need here for the people who need it the most,” he said.
“I am so beyond honoured to be here and Mayor Fule it is so lovely to see you here as well. We have learned so much about this project from the get go. When I get to meet incredible people like this it just strengthens your resolve as to how great communities are when we come together to support each other at times like this,” said Aheer.
“It's the whole reason that people like me go into public service,” she said.
“Thank you for being my inspiration and other people's and for talking care of your community. It is truly gratifying as a person who gets to represent you in Edmonton, so thank you,” said the local MLA.
Volunteers wearing bright orange vests marked the route for participants and there were several local community groups and volunteers with warming stations that offered refreshments like hot chocolate during the walk.