A chilly event to raise funds and awareness to help address homelessness is being deemed a success.
Organizers of Sources Community Resource Centre’s Coldest Night of the Year – though still counting donations – confirmed Monday the fundraiser, held Feb. 20, generated at least $62,000 for the cause.
More than 300 people – including volunteers, staff and BC Lions’ Marco Iannuzzi – turned out for the White Rock walk, which kicked off with a flash-mob warmup to the Proclaimers’ 500 Miles.
Funds raised – it’s hoped the final tally will top $70,000 – will benefit Sources’ homeless prevention programs, including the Rent Bank and other non-funded activities.
Saturday’s event was the third annual. Participants completed either a two-, five- or 10-kilometre walk along White Rock beach.
In addition to $8,000 cash received over the weekend, the event received sponsorships – including $5,000 each from South Surrey-based Elkay Developments Ltd and Bray Enterprises Ltd – as well as in-kind support from many other local businesses.