Vernon, BC – North Okanagan residents can have some fun and show support for their neighbours at risk of homelessness.
On Feb. 24, Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon & District will once again host the Coldest Night of the Year. The goal of $40,000 will go towards the North Okanagan Rent Bank which provides housing stability to individuals and families experiencing short-term financial difficulties.
“Many people are only a paycheque or two away from not being able to cover rent. An unexpected car repair, or a child’s lost winter jacket that needs to be replaced, could jeopardize someone’s ability to pay rent that month. Through the Rent Bank, low to moderate income renters can access assistance to pay rent or utilities due to an emergency that impacts their ability to pay,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon & District executive director.
“By walking together in the chill of the night, CNOY participants experience what many people face during winter, while raising funds to support the work of CMHA in the North Okanagan.”
Tens of thousands of Canadians will take to the streets for CNOY in 200 communities across the country.
In Vernon, participants will take part in a two or five-kilometre walk through downtown and then celebrate their efforts together at the finish line. All those who raise over $150 ($75 for youth) will also wear iconic CNOY toques as they face the cold night.
To register a team or to donate, visit https://cnoy.org/location/vernon
“There’s a lot of challenges and uncertainty in our community right now. Inflation has hit us all, and it’s incredible to see people still come together to ensure families and individuals can stay housed despite financial hurdles. By joining the Coldest Night of the Year, each step you take with us, tells our neighbours that they matter,” said Payson.