Yonge Street Mission Braves The Coldest Night of the Year

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 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.

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 a complimentary hot drink along the 5 or 10K routes, thanks to our event sponsor Starbucks. Media sponsors are Classical 96.3 and AM740. The walk begins at 5 p.m.

Last year, Yonge Street Mission teams raised $42,000 towards resources for the homeless. This year's goal is $50,000 and we expect over 200 walkers. Teams include Yonge Street Mission donors, staff, volunteers and community members.

Yonge Street Mission has served the poor in Toronto since 1896, bringing help and hope to people in need.

Image with caption: "Yonge Street Mission Braves The Coldest Night of the Year (CNW Group/Yonge Street Mission)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120201_C8330_PHOTO_EN_9489.jpg

SOURCE Yonge Street Mission

For further information:

Jon Unger Brandt, Director of Development

Yonge Street Mission

306 Gerrard St. East

416-929-9614 X4259

www.coldestnightoftheyear.org

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