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Light up the night for homelessness in Kelowna

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February 10, 2017 - 4:47 PM

KELOWNA - February 10th, 2017 – Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk-a-thon is back and shining brighter then ever, as Kelowna residents and businesses prepare to hit the streets Saturday February 25 in support of those facing homelessness in our region. 

Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly, glow in the dark, 2K, 5K, or 10K winter fundraiser supporting Metro Community’s work as a critical resource for the most vulnerable citizens in our community.

The estimated 600 walkers to participate in this years event will be joining forces, and lighting the streets with glow sticks to raise money for the development of Metro’s new daytime facility, Metro Central, located at 1262 St. Paul St..

Metro Central has served as an essential support for vulnerable citizens and social agencies in Kelowna for the past 6 years, fostering a community where healing and restoration could begin. Unfortunately in March of 2016, the centre was demolished to make way for a hotel complex. After much searching, through a generous donor, Metro Community was gifted the use of new building which, thanks to the contributions of this years walkers, will be renovated and ready to open in summer 2017.

Residents and business are encouraged to gather together to make a difference for those in need. The 2017 fundraising goal is $100,000! A big and exciting number that will provide the necessary means for building improvements to create the social enterprise coffee shop, indoor and outdoor community spaces, innovative storage solutions for those facing homelessness, the art studio, music centre, community event rooms, showers, laundry, offices and computer area all encompassed within the new space. 

“We would love everyone to come and join us for this great event. There will be thousands of Canadians walking across the country to support similar organizations in their communities. It’s a serious cause but we want everyone to have fun doing it”, says Laurence East, pastor of Metro Community. 

To become part of this exciting event go to https://canada.cnoy.org/location/kelowna, enter your team name or find a team to join. The walk starts at 5pm, February 25 at Sandhill Winery. Registration begins at 4:30pm. Dress warm, bring friends and walk the night away for those in need.
 

For further information, contact:
Laurence East, Senior Pastor, Metro Community
Laurence@metrocommunity.ca
www.coldestnightoftheyear.org


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