Local walk to raise funds and awareness for homelessness

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope Image: CKReview News

On February 24th, Canadians in more than 100 communities will participate in a walk to raise funds and awareness about the plight of homelessness.

Municipal staff and community organizers joined Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope in raising awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year event.

The local walk, sponsored by NeighbourLink, will begin and end at The Hub, the former Pines Chapel, at 64 Ursuline Ave.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies being held at 5 p.m. and the walk beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Participants have a choice of two, five or 10 kilometer walks.

A light, warm meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers between 6-8 p.m.

Last year, 17 teams participated and raised $24,595. This year’s goal is $30,000. Funds are used to operate NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent programs which include visiting shut-ins and providing transportation to those less fortunate in the community.

NeighbourLink Network Coordinator Alan Baker said his group “equips churches to work together to respond to needs in our community. We strive to ensure that our services meet needs not currently met by other groups.”

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope said NeighbourLink is one of scores of groups dedicated to caring for the community. “It’s part of our nature in Chatham-Kent to take care of each other,” he said.

More details for the local event are online at http://www.neighbourlinkck.com

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