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Cloverdale Community Kitchen slowly moving toward 2024 fundraising goal

Kitchen seeking to raise $280K as part of its Coldest Night of the Year charity walk
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Participants in the Cloverdale Community Kitchen’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser are seen in 2023. This year’s fundraiser takes place Feb. 24. (Photo: Jason Sveinson)

A local charity is moving towards its fundraising goal for Coldest Night of the Year 2024.

With about two weeks to go before walkers will cruise along pre-set routes through the town centre, the Cloverdale Community Kitchen (CCK) has raised 31 per cent ($88+K) of its $280K fundraising goal.

More than 60 teams comprising more than 300 walkers of all ages will descend on the Community Kitchen Feb. 24 to walk the streets of Cloverdale in support of the Kitchen’s biggest fundraising initiative of the year.

Last year organizers welcomed 500 walkers and 60 teams, including staff and friends of the Cloverdale Community Kitchen.

Walkers who raise more than $150 ($75 for youth) will also be given one of the special CNOY toques.

“We invite and encourage everyone who can, to participate,” Lindsay Rempel, event director for CCK, said in a press release in January.

Rempel asked Cloverdalians to grab friends, family, coworkers and neighbours to start up a fundraising team.

The Kitchen uses the money raised to provide hot meals for those “experiencing hunger, hurt, and homelessness” in the community.

All funds raised aid the Kitchen in serving more than 45,000 hot meals each year to those in need.

Registration for Coldest Night runs from 3 - 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m., and the walk commences at 5 p.m. There will also be greetings from community leaders and some local entertainment.

After the walk, CCK puts on a hot meal and hosts some family entertainment for all participants.

“Tens of thousands of Canadians will take to the streets for CNOY with events taking place in 200 cities, towns, and communities across the country,” Rempel said. “By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Cloverdale Community Kitchen in providing much-needed support.”

The Cloverdale Community Kitchen got its start in 2011 when Surrey Mounties and city staffers contacted Pacific Community Church to see if they could distribute meals to homeless in the area as another local charity had shuttered their kitchen and were unable to serve meals anymore. Thirteen years later, CCK is now serving not only Cloverdale, but also Langley, White Rock, and other parts of Surrey.

Anyone who wants to sign up to support Coldest Night can register by visiting cnoy.org.

The Cloverdale Community Kitchen is located at 5337 180th Street. For more info on Coldest Night or the Kitchen, visit mycck.ca.



Malin Jordan

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Malin is the editor of the Cloverdale Reporter.
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