The third annual Coldest Night of the Year walk in Parksville in 2017 saw more than $25,000 raised. For this year’s walk on Feb. 23, organizers have a goal of raising $40,000.- NEWS File Photo

Coldest Night of the Year walk scheduled for Feb. 23

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents are encouraged to bundle up and support those in need

Island Crisis Care Society is gearing up for their fourth year hosting the Coldest Night of the Year walk and encourage Parksville Qualicum Beach residents to bundle up and join in.

The walk, taking place on Feb. 23, aims to raise $40,000 to go toward supports for those experiencing homelessness in the community.

By walking together in the chill of the night, participants can better understand the experience of being on the streets during cold winter nights, while raising funds to aid the work of Island Crisis Care Society.

“Island Crisis Care Society has been providing services in Oceanside since 2003 when we first opened the Hirst House,” said event director Arnaldo Albertazzi. “We run the Coldest Night of the Year to enable us to continue to support necessary functions and to maintain the house for individuals (in need).”

There are currently 11 teams signed up for the walk and Albertazzi said they hope to have 20. Those interested can sign up with a team or donate at https://cnoy.org/location/oceansideparksville.

The walk begins and ends at Knox United Church (345 Pym St., Parksville), where walkers will register at 4 p.m., turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening. Participants can walk a 2 km, 5 km or 10 km route. The walk starts at 5:15 p.m.

“We have a rest area at our Hirst house location where if you were interested you can actually take a tour of the house you’re supporting,” Albertazzi said.

So far, donations have reached $1,745.

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