Many will feel the chill Feb. 20

Langley's Coldest Night of the Year event is Saturday.

People can learn a little about the what it’s like to be on the streets at night at the third annual Coldest Night of the Year walk Feb. 20.

The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope will host the community walk starting at 5 p.m. (Not 8 p.m. which was in the print edition)

“It’s an awareness campaign as well as a fundraiser so we hope that people leave with a better sense of knowledge of what Gateway does,” Brenda Vanderhorst, the volunteer and project coordinator.

As of Feb. 15, 99 walkers were registered. By the evening of the walk there are expected to be more than 300 as participation grows each year.

Vanderhorst added that anyone interested in volunteering is welcome. Contact her at 604-514-7375.

Walkers can raise pledges or pay the $25 registration fee themselves. Adults who raise more than $150 and young people who raise more than $75 have their registrations waived.

The goal is to raise $30,000 for Gateway’s emergency shelter and meal centre.

“You can sign up as a team and recuit your own team or you can sign up as a walker,” she said.

Participants can choose routes of two kilometres, 5 km or 10 km. The longest route takes walkers into the Township while the other two remain within the City.

Those interested in taking part can sign up at www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/langley but those who show up the Feb. 20 are still welcome. Registration begins at 4 p.m. with the walk at 5 p.m.

Sources Food Bank which distributes to Langley also hosts a walk in White Rock.

 

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