February 20th brings the Coldest Night once again to Calgary.

A partnership of charities aiding individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty is encouraging Calgary residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY).

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary (Feed the Hungry), KAIROS Calgary (Acadia Place) and The Mustard Seed are hosting the third annual family-friendly winter fundraising event for Calgarians experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt. The WALK takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Thousands of participants will be taking part in the WALK in an anticipated 100 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of these three partner charities in providing much-needed support to members of our community.

Calgary’s CNOY event begins and ends at Eau Claire Market, located at 200 Barclay Parade SW, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic blue toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.

This is Calgary’s third year taking part in CNOY, and the Diocese and KAIROS Calgary are honoured to have The Mustard Seed join their partnership. The Calgary Homeless Foundation is also taking part in this event.

Calgary organizers are aiming to raise $150,000 in support of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Calgary. As many as 600 walkers and 75 teams, including staff and friends of the organizing partners are expected to brave the cold winter’s night. Community sponsors include The Print Shop, Eau Claire Market, and the Calgary Curling Club.

Together, the three partner agencies have been serving Calgary for over 100 years, and the funds raised from CNOY will benefit their clients in a time of year known historically for low levels of giving. To find out more visit www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/calgary



For further information, contact:

Samantha Jones, Events Manager, Diocese

E: samantha.jones@calgarydiocese.ca   P: 1-403-218-5531



For National Event information, contact:

Brian Carney, Executive Director

E: brian@blueseaphilanthropy.org   P: 1-519-603-2250