© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Some of the people wgho participated Saturday night in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk in Charlottetown set off from Central Christian Church.
Hundreds of Islanders rallied together Saturday to raise some cold hard cash for those in the province fighting addictions.
The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser was held at the Central Christian Church on Kent Street, where walkers donned iconic gray toques and began 5 km and 10 km treks through the city.
It was the second year the walk was held on P.E.I. with all funds going towards Harvest House P.E.I., a private faith-based residential addictions recovery program.
John Bennett, minister director for Harvest House P.E.I., said prior to the walk that it looked like the fundraiser would reach its goal of raising $50,000 in the province.
“It looks like we’ll be very close, I’m sure we’ll equal the $43,000 (we raised last year) and I’m not sure if we’ll make it to $50,000 but we’ll be in that range,” he said.
The walk is part of a national effort that began in Ontario and is now in its fourth year.
The event is meant to give people an idea of what it’s like to live outside with nowhere warm or comfortable to go at night.
As of Saturday evening, more than $2.1 million had been raised nationally.
Last year’s P.E.I. fundraiser led to the opening of the addictions centre on P.E.I.
Harvest House P.E.I. has arms in Charlottetown, Solomon’s Porch, as well as Jars of Clay in Summerside.
“That’s up and running now. The money we raised here will go towards supporting and sustaining that. It’s a major thing on P.E.I. because we’ve been looking for something like that for a long time in the province.”
Community sponsors for the event included Starbucks, CIOG.FM, and Central Christian Church.
Individuals can still donate to the event by going to brrrr.org and clicking on the Charlottetown, P.E.I. link.