Taking steps for the mission

Registration continues for Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year

There’s still time to lace up your runners and slip on your toque.

Registration continues for Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year, a five or 10-kilometre walk being organized by the Upper Room Mission.

“We’re super-pumped,” said Lisa Froom, executive director.

The goal is to raise $25,000 towards a $100,000 sprinkler system for the mission, with $15,000 in pledges collected to date.

About 117 walkers have signed up so far.

“There’s room for lots more. We’re hoping for 150 to 200 people,” said Froom.

Teams and individuals can register for the walk at coldestnightoftheyear.org. Each adult member of a team is encouraged to raise $150 or there is a $25 registration fee.

Individuals can also register at 4 p.m. at the Upper Room Mission and the walk begins at 5 p.m.

Among those participating are students from Karen Jantz’s Grade 7 class at Harwood Elementary.

Besides pledges, the students have had a pizza sale and a talent show to raise funds.

“They have taken the idea and ran with it. It’s been a huge class endeavour,” said Jantz.

The half-way mark for the five-kilometre walk will be Vernon Alliance Church on 43rd Avenue and both walks will end at the mission, where there will be food and activities.

Along with raising funds, the goal of the Coldest Night of the Year is to create awareness about homelessness and the financial struggles facing others who depend on the services provided by URM.

“People are aware of the mission’s role in the community and this walk is a creative way for people to get involved,” said Froom.

For more information, contact Lisa Froom at 250-549-1231.