243 enthusiastic walkers participated in Nanaimo’s 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year walk this last Saturday, February 21. The walk raises awareness for the plight of many people in our community who find themselves homeless. Donors sponsored walkers to complete 2, 5, or 10 Kilometer loops around Harewood, South Nanaimo, and the Old City Quarter. 80 other communities across Canada organized similar walks this year, up from 63 last year.
Nanaimo has been involved since the campaign went national in 2012. The event has growing community involvement on Vancouver Island with 3 new communities participating this year: Victoria, Campbell River, and Oceanside.
Nanaimo saw the number of volunteers working to make the event a success swell to 67 this year. Volunteers served at the registration desk, along the route as route marshals, in support vehicles, and by making and serving food and beverages at the rest stop and final destination.