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Scarborough, Ontario: Kennedy House Youth Services Inc. is thrilled to host its second annual Coldest
Night of the Year charity walk in the Guildwood neighbourhood on February 24th, 2018 @5pm. The
Coldest Night of the Year is a family friendly event supporting Kennedy House’s Youth Homeless Shelter
in East Toronto. This event launched in the Guildwood neighbourhood last February 2017 with
wonderful success. “The Guildwood area was incredibly supportive to Kennedy House last year through
local sponsorship, volunteers and many local participants. We couldn’t imagine hosting this walk
anywhere else in Scarborough” says Michelle Cutts Senior Development Officer for Kennedy House.
“Although our Homeless Shelter is located in the wonderful East York Community, some of our After
School Programs and Group Homes are located in the Guildwood area, so this feels like a second home
to us” she continues. This year Cutts is looking forward to expanding the event to include fun games,
prizes, goody bags as well participants will receive a free Coldest Night of the Year toque and a delicious
meal post-walk.

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2018-02-24 21:16 pm

The issue of homelessness has been in the forefront of the news and on the minds of Southern Ontario citizens lately, with dangerously low temperatures the beginning of January and a lack of resources for the homeless in the GTA. It is true there is a shortage of shelter beds available in the GTA. In fact Kennedy House Youth Shelter is the most eastern emergency youth shelter open in the GTA until Oshawa; making fundraising events such as the Coldest Night of the Year ever more important to support local shelters, helping them provide valuable resources to an underserved community. When so many are wondering what they can personally do to help this crisis, here’s the answer: WALK with Kennedy House. Thanks to generous local sponsors such as Lexus on the Park, BMO, Guildwood Business Networking Group, Curves Scarborough and Julia Lakats Remax Agent, 100% of all proceeds raised by participants go directly to support youth experiencing homelessness. “It may be called the Coldest Night of the Year but when you are a part of such an event your heart is filled with hope and warmth. I didn't expect a few hours on one night to make such a difference in so many lives, including mine.” Says Leslie Moore, owner of Curves Scarborough who volunteered at the event last year and is walking with a team called “Guildwood Cares” this year. To register to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year February 24th, 2018 as a walker or as a volunteer please visit . Volunteer positions are available for all skill levels, indoors and outdoors. One can create a full team with friends and family or individuals can join the Kennedy House Youth Services General Team. High School students can receive volunteer hours when they participate in the walk or volunteer at the event. Participants can choose to walk 2km 5km or 10kms. When talking about the Coldest Night of the Year Cutts says’ “Yes! It will be COLD! But it will also be a fun and an unforgettable experience, celebrating community”

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416-299-3157 Ext 202

Toronto, ON

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