TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Yonge Street Mission is taking to the
streets on February 25th, 2012, to participate in The Coldest Night of the Year and raise money
for some of Toronto's most vulnerable people.
Star of CTV's The Listener, Ennis Esmer, has signed up as a walker and
actors Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent will offer encouraging words as
the walkers set out.
The Coldest Night of the Year walkathon travels through some of
Toronto's poorest neighbourhoods. Participants gain a sense of what
life is like for the hungry, the homeless and the hurting who are
living on our streets while also raising funds to help make a change.
Similar walks will take place in 17 other locations across Canada on
the same night.
The Toronto walk will begin and end at Yonge Street Mission's location
at Parliament and Gerrard streets. Walkers will receive warm toques and
complimentary hot drinks along the 5 or 10K routes, thanks to our event
sponsor Starbucks. Post-walk dinner will be provided by sponsor Daniel
et Daniel. Media sponsors are Classical 96.3 and AM740.
This year's new goal is $70,000 and we have already raised over $50,000
with 188 walkers registered. Teams include Yonge Street Mission donors,
staff, volunteers, community members and sponsors. The walk begins at 5
Yonge Street Mission has served the poor in Toronto since 1896, bringing
help and hope to people in need.
SOURCE Yonge Street Mission
For further information:
Jon Unger Brandt, Director of Development
Yonge Street Mission
306 Gerrard St. East