Mission Services of London will allow politicians and media personalities to step into someone else’s shoes in hopes of shedding light on homelessness.
The London, Ont., nonprofit kicks off its annual walk on the coldest night of the year with an outdoor launch event on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Local politicians and media personalities will join representatives of corporate sponsors and major fundraisers on a 2km walk through the Old East Village and Western Fair District.
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The march provides an example of the challenges homeless people face during cold winter nights.
“The pandemic, the weather…we are experiencing obstacles everywhere, and no one feels it more than those experiencing homelessness,” said communications coordinator Nicole Case.
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The coldest night march of the year takes place from February 1 to 26.
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Participants are invited to walk 2km or 5km with their households in their own neighborhoods to get a sense of the challenges faced by those who are homeless.
Proceeds will fund programs and services across all Mission Services of London branches, with the goal of raising $100,000.
Those interested in joining the 2022 walk can register online at cnoy.org/london.
– with files from Devon Peacock and Andrew Graham of 980 CFPL
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