The Lord has been good to us! It might not have been the "coldest" night of the year, but like Mayor Frank Campion said, it might have been the "coolest" night of the year!
On February 24, 150 walkers, 54 volunteers and 750 donors banded together to help hungry, homeless and hurting people in Welland through the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser.
There were a good cross-section of teams from across our city. The 24 teams included a City of Welland team (with firefighters in uniform!), 11 churches, 5 local businesses, Quaker Road school, Mayor April Jeffs and the Niagara Centre team, groups of friends and families and even the newly formed Rotaract Club who chose to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year as their first event. We felt the love from the whole community.
Huge thank you to everyone who walked, fundraised, volunteered and donated! Special thank you to Aaron Ker of Sunlife Financial and Pen Financial for sponsoring the event, Indpended Mary Kay consultant Pam Swick-Janjac for sponsoring the refreshment table and John Craig for donating Tim Hortons coffee and hot chocolate.
We are still doing the final money count, but we know we smashed last year's total of $30,000. At least $37,000 has come in this year with more being added to that every day. Donations are being accepted until March 31 at cnoy.org/welland. Check our website for the final total in a few weeks.
To everyone who participated, know that your hard work will help so many people in our community who are in need. On behalf of our clients, we thank you.