The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraising walk will return as an in-person event for 2022.
For 2021, the CNOY event went fully virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions across Canada and the world – allowing participants to walk alone or in small groups any time during the month of February.
According to a release by the Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) issued on Friday, Jan. 28, the event will be held during the evening of Saturday, Feb. 26, for either a two-kilometre or 5 km route at the Parksville Community Park. For people who do not feel comfortable participating in a large group, the organization offers the option for those to walk on their own or in small teams any time during February. They can sign up and/or join a team and fundraise as per usual, but will have the chance to be flexible in how they complete the walk.
Proceeds of the event will support programming for people experiencing hunger, hurt and homelessness in both the Parksville Qualicum Beach region and Nanaimo.
Held every year in February (usually the coldest month in most parts of Canada) the CNOY walk is intended to allow participants to experience a very small sliver of what it is like to be out in the cold and the elements (and on Vancouver Island, the rain) and come together in community action for change.
In every community that participates in a Coldest Night event, the co-ordination is spearheaded by one local agency that works in support of people who have experienced homelessness. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) has had the honour to take on that role for the past eight years in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.
The CNOY walk is a community event, but also a peer-to-peer fundraiser. Participants and supporters in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region must register in advance at: https://cnoy.org/oceanside to set a fundraising goal, decide if they will walk in person or virtually, and be set up to receive more information about the event and the good works that it will support. No registration fee is required to participate.
Participants who fundraise $150 or more ($75 for children and youth 17 and under) with receive a CNOY toque – this year’s is bright yellow with a rainbow patch, denoting sunshine and hope despite the winter’s cold.
– NEWS Staff, submitted