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Schools participate in Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser

March 8, 2019


GUELPH, Ontario – On a chilly night in February, Upper Grand DSB staff and students bundled up to raise funds for those experiencing homelessness in our communities.

Guelph CVI, Central Public School and Westside SS were among the many groups who participated in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser.

CNOY is a walk-a-thon that helps raise funds for charities that serve those experiencing hunger and homelessness. Participants register to walk 2, 5, or 10km routes. The annual event takes place in communities across Canada, including Guelph and Orangeville.

This year’s event was on February 23. By holding the event at dusk on a cold winter’s night, participants get just a glimpse at the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness.

At GCVI, 24 students and staff participated, led by the school’s Social Justice Club, who held a bake sale to raise money and sought donations from family and friends. Central PS staff and students raised $1,310 for the cause. Westside SS – which hosted the Orangeville event – had three food teachers prepare and serve up food for the community members participating. 

GCVI staff and students participate in the 2019 Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser.

GCVI staff and students participate in the 2019 Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser.

The schools joined other community groups and companies in the fundraiser including teams from Guelph Solar, Community Living Dufferin and ETFO Occasional Teachers.

The Guelph event supported Lakeside Hope House and the Orangeville event supported the Orangeville Food Bank.

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