The WestShore Chamber of Commerce is proud to support our members Our Place Society and Pacific Centre Family Services Association for Coldest Night of the Year 2021 as they raise awareness and money to support the most vulnerable in our society. Coldest Night of the Year is happening on February 20, 2021 and it will look a little bit different due to COVID-19.
Here is an update from Steven Seltzer, Special Events and Corporate Giving Manager of Our Place Society:
"We are asking the Greater Victoria and Westshore communities to walk with us, but in your own neighborhoods. We ask you to join the over 150 participants (so far) to continue support of Coldest Night and our two charities by choosing a time in the afternoon or evening of Saturday, February 20 (or any time that week) to take a healthy winter walk – socially distanced- in support of those struggling with poverty and homelessness.
We will be arranging a safe way to provide toques and other gifts to you including some wonderful meal options.
We will also be providing contest prizes to those of you who:
Post the best pictures and videos of your walk
Post the best pictures and videos of signage you create promoting the walk
Post the best footshots (pics of the shoes you are wearing on your walk)
Individual Walkers who raise over $250 will have their name put in a draw to win a $100 Spa Gift Card
***Please us hashtags #CNOY21 and #YYJCNOY for your posts or you can simply send in pics by email. ***
I have heard that of the 150 charities-cities participating across Canada this year, 130 have gone to a virtual walk with more making the decision every day in order to ensure the health and safety of their participants. We are saddened to make this change but please know that your support will continue to have a major impact on our work with vulnerable members of our community.
All money raised goes directly to our support programs. For Our Place, the money will be directed to ensuring we continue to provide meals and shelter to the most vulnerable members of our community. At PCFSA, the money raised will help provide emergency food and meal kits for clients and their families and provide support for their Community Counselling program which is for those who do not fit the mandate of funded programs but cannot afford fee for service Counselling. We have seen an increase need for this support with people who have increased anxiety and depression due to social isolation with Covid-19. The Community Counselling program provides Counselling and support for those who need it the most and can afford it the least. Please encourage others to sign up and walk virtually in their neighborhoods. One step at a time we can help those in the community who need it most. "