Canada’s National walk to fight homelessness is happening on Saturday February 24th. The fundraiser supports individuals and families across Canada who are struggling to make ends meet.
The family friendly event is hosted at the Glen Abbey Community Centre and give participants options to walk different distances depending on ability and preference. You can walk 2, 5 or 10kms.
The walk is a loop and at the end of the walk, participants can enjoy a meal at the Glen Abbey Community Centre.
The schedule below is here:
4 p.m. – Registration opens
5 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
5:15 p.m. – Walk begins (all distances)
6 p.m. – Registration closes
6 p.m. – Meal service begins
8 p.m. – Route closes, meal service ends
Between 6:00 and 8:00 pm a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers.
What are the requirements to participate? Walkers can either pay a registration fee or raise a minimum amount. Here’s the breakdown:
- 0-10 Free
- 11-17 - Youth (pay $25 or raise minimum of $75)
- 18+ - Adult (pay $25 or raise minimum of $150)
- The toque is for anyone who pays the fee or raises the minimum
- Registration Fee increase to $40 effective Monday, February 19th
On average, walkers raise about $250 each, and most donors give around $40-$50, so it's a reachable goal!
Homelessness is an issue across the country. 121 locations across Canada are hosting an event to raise awareness and funds. The goal is to raise $4.5 million dollars that is distributed as grants to local organizations.
Photo Courtesy of Garry Knight