Ladysmith Coldest Night of the Year volunteers (Submitted photo)

Ladysmith Coldest Night of the Year aims to spread awareness throughout the Cowichan Valley

The event will raise funds that go toward supporting food security, poverty, and housing programs

Coldest Night of the Year – a national fundraiser for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in their local communities, is coming up on February 22, 2020.

Ladysmith Resources Centre Association is sponsoring the annual event once again. The event is a family friendly walk that goes through downtown Ladysmith to Transfer Beach and back. Registration for the event will open at 4:00 pm at Aggie Hall. There are three routes: a 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km. Rest stops are available on all routes, and all routes will be well signed.

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“It’s really to bring awareness to the impacts of poverty, food security, and shelter,” LRCA executive director Christy Wood said.

Between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, soup and buns will be served by Ladysmith Senior Secondary students under the direction of chef Jon Ludtke. There will be coffee and hot chocolate provided by Ladysmith Starbucks.

The LRCA is the host for Coldest Night of the Year from Ladysmith down to Mill Bay, and they have invited regional partners like the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society to participate in this year’s walk. Wood said the LRCA hopes to grow the walk even more next year.

“It’d be great if it was a regional event and we could bring that regional awareness,” Wood said.

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