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Coldest Night of the Year Walks brings in $76K for Grey-Bruce (GALLERY)

Over 300 people in Grey-Bruce County braved the winter weather over the weekend in support of the annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser.

The event, which took place in two different locations on Saturday, brought in a total of $76,609. It saw 209 people in Saugeen Shores who helped raise $52,109, and 124 people in Kincardine who drummed up $24,500. Fundraiser officials say the proceeds from both walks will support the United Way Bruce Grey, with a portion from the Kincardine walk to go the local Good Food Box program.

Saugeen Shores participants kicked off their walk at the Coulter Parkette at 5 p.m. Participants were then treated to food and drinks donated by the Queens Bar and Grill. Southampton Rotary also attended with their popcorn machine to keep everyone satisfied with a salty snack.

Over in Kincardine, participants kicked things off at the same at the Knox Presbyterian Church. Ahead of their walk, Tim Hortons donated warm beverages and Timbits to ensure walkers were fuelled up and ready to go. Afterward, Boston Pizza donated dinner.

“We are extremely thankful for everyone who came out and took part in this virtual event,” said Fundraising Champion of United Way Bruce Grey Kristy Andre. “It was wonderful to see the local community come together to support the charities in our area. We are so grateful.”

CNOY is an event held in various municipalities in Canada and the United States that encourages people to create a fundraiser page either individually or in teams. Afterward, they walk between 2 to 5 kilometres in the evening cold to raise money for local charities that help individuals experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness.

Even though the walk is over, those interested in donating to the cause can still do so. Fundraising closes on March 31. Donations can be made by visiting either the Saugeen Shores donation page, or the Kincardine donation page.

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