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More than $200K raised, so far, for Coldest Night of the Year

With donations accepted until the end of March, Stratford’s CNOY is above its fundraising target of $170,000
Organizers of the 2024 Coldest Night of the Year address the crowd of walkers at Upper Queen's Park on Saturday.

Despite the cold, Stratford came out to support local this Saturday for Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), and it was a huge success. 

“Whether you walked, donated, sponsored, or volunteered, YOU helped make a difference in your community,” United Way Perth-Huron announced. “Thanks for your warm heart and cold hands yesterday!”

As of publication, Stratford’s CNOY has raised $203,278, far above its $170,000 goal this year. 

CNOY took place at Upper Queens Park, with walkers taking a scenic route around Lake Victoria. 

Every year, CNOY takes place in Stratford to raise money for United Way Perth-Huron’s Stratford Connections Centre and Shelterlink Youth Services.

The Connections Centre provides a safe place for vulnerable people, including access to basic needs, social ties and connections with allies and services. Shelterlink’s work supporting homeless local youth through their programs and services.

CNOY is a national fundraising effort, taking place across hundreds of Canadian communities for local organizations. Since 2011, CNOY has raised over $75 million in 190 towns and cities. 

According to CNOY’s website, all of the net proceeds stay local. 

Although the walk has finished, there is still time to donate. Donations can be submitted until March 31.

Members of the Stratford Sloths make their way along the course. Paul Cluff/StratfordToday