Local walkers to brave ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ in benefit of Lionhearts Inc.

The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is marked annually across Canada, and its unique logo, seen here on a CNOY Toque, has become known across the country. Photo by CNOY.

Later this month more than 100 warm-hearted Kingstonians will brave the cold to help raise awareness of those who are experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness in our community, and raise funds for those who are working to change that.

The national Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser will return Sat. Feb. 24, 2024, with the local walk benefiting Lionhearts Inc. According to a release from Lionhearts, this family-friendly Kingston fundraiser will unite 25 teams and over 100 walkers from across the greater Kingston area for a five-kilometre round trip walk between Kingston Gospel Temple and Starbucks Indigo located within the Cataraqui Centre.

“We thank everyone who has signed up to walk and donate as part of this year’s walk, and encourage anyone wanting to show their support for our vulnerable neighbours to join us on February 24,” said Travis Blackmore, Founder and CEO of Lionhearts Inc.

“We work daily to eliminate hunger and homelessness in all the communities we serve, and participating in this annual event is a meaningful way we can all demonstrate our support for the people who could use our help right now. We can all make a difference, and walking in Coldest Night of the Year is one tangible, easy way to do that.”

The goal for this year’s Kingston walk is $100,000. Proceeds from the walk will support Lionhearts’ shelter and supportive housing programming, according to the release.

2022 CNOY participants. Photo via Lionhearts.

Lionhearts Inc. acknowledged the support of Revell Ford, Brookland Fine Homes, and Taylor AutoMall as walk sponsors, as well as Starbucks Indigo and Domino’s Pizza Kingston who will be providing warm drinks and pizza to complement the meal offerings being prepared by the Lionhearts kitchen team. In the release, Lionhearts Inc. also thanked Kingston Gospel Temple and Starbucks Indigo as route partners.

The organization noted that during their meal break, walkers will enjoy the musical stylings of local performer Doug van der Horden, who also heads up FAST 101 (Fighting Against Sex Trafficking 101), a Lionhearts Inc. Program.

According to the release, there are 190 walks taking place in Canada and the US as part of the 2024 Coldest Night of the Year, uniting more than 25,000 walkers and donors. In addition to the Kingston walk, Lionhearts is also organizing a walk in Stittsville (Ottawa).

To learn more about the walk or make a donation, visit cnoy.org/location/kingston. Direct donations to Lionhearts Inc. can also be made at lionhearts.ca/donate.

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