Coldest Night of the Year | CNOY and Your Charity of Choice

Mark your calendar for the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY)! Join Canadians on “…a winterrific family-friendly walk to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness.” 

CNOY — Coming to a charity near you!

Visit the Coldest Night of the Year official site for so many goodies about the who, what, when, where, why of CNOY!

Here’s a quick peek:

“The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly 2 or 5 km fundraising walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness.

Each year in February, tens of thousands of Canadians step outside the warmth and comfort of home to shine a light of welcome and compassion in their communities. Since 2011, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised over $75,000,000 across Canada in 190 Canadian communities – 100% of net proceeds stay local to support our CNOY charity partners.” 

About those 5 W’s

CNOY says it best:

  • Where: Chances are there is a CNOY location quite near you! If not, you can still walk and fundraise for your local charity offsite in your own community, wherever you are.
  •  What: Participants register to walk 2km + 5km, whether at a main event, or offsite with their team.
  •  Who: Everyone is welcome! CNOY is family-friendly – participants range in age from toddlers (with parents of course) to active seniors.
  •  How: Participants register online to set up their personal Fundhub page. It’s easy to set your goal, add your photo message, and thank donors via email. Donors who give online are receipted within minutes of their secure gift of $20 or more.
  •  No Registration Fee: CNOY is 100% free to join! Everyone is welcome to come and fundraise for their local CNOY charity.
  •  Impact: By walking in the cold, you’ll feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter. By fundraising, you’ll be contributing much-needed money to a charity in your town that is bringing hope and help to people in your community who need support.

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Can’t get out the door this time, but wishing to help the cause?

There are so many ways to support your charity of choice. Give to the cause that lands closest to your own lived experience. That could be a wildlife or animal cause. You or your loved ones may be affected by cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or an “invisible” illness. Giving to kids or seniors through sports, theatre, or wellness programs might be what gets your heart goin’.

Engage. Support. Serve. Some days, weeks, months, or years we need to be on the receiving end of supports from local services and charities. At other times, we have the means and capacity to give back! Simply do what feels true for you today — each of us doing our small bit at a time.

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