On Saturday February 25th, Larry Shuttleworth and SIA representatives Jenna Canning and Natasha Farrugia joined more than 100 Brampton residents in the “Coldest Night of the Year” walk. With their hats, mitts and gloves, the three braced themselves for the cold 10km walk. The event in Brampton was one of many held in cities throughout Canada to raise money for charities that serve hungry and the homeless.
One hundred and forty walkers bundled up, set foot and had an excellent time together. However, the reality of a life lived on the streets remained in their thoughts throughout the walk. Prior to the commencement of the walk, participants were reminded that they should enjoy themselves but that, for many people, living on the streets is a reality. With faces tingling and hands beginning to numb, walkers were given an inkling of what life may feel like merely spending one night on the streets, let alone days, weeks, or even a lifetime.
In total, 140 walkers participated in Brampton’s “Coldest Night of the Year” event, and $26, 286 was raised for the Regeneration Outreach Community.
The Regeneration Outreach Community, “helps with restoring, rebuilding and renewing people’s lives”. The organization provides a breakfast from 8AM – 10AM from Monday to Friday.