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Coldest Night of the Year raises funds for the region’s homeless and hungry

Ray of Hope is bundling up and hitting the pavement for a family-friendly fundraising event on Feb. 23.

Walkers taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will get a glimpse into what surviving on the streets during the winter months is like, while raising funds for members of the community who are homeless or hungry.

The walk begins at Cameron Heights, 301 Charles St. E., with registration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Walkers will wear yellow toques (a fundraising reward item) and can choose a two-, five- or 10-kilometre route, finishing a the Ray of Hope Community Centre, 659 King St. E., for a bowl of soup.

This is Ray of Hope’s 3rd annual Coldest Night of the Year. Participants raised more than $180,000 in the first two eyars.

This year, the goal is to raise $140,000 with 600 walkers and 80 teams.

Ray of Hope has been serving Waterloo Region for 45 years and offers a community centre as well as  youth employment and addictions services.

Ray of Hope also runs the Morning Glory Café and Bakery in downtown Kitchener, offering training and employment to youth.

For more information, go to or call 519-578-8018.

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