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Bundle up for a good cause through 'Coldest Night of the Year' 2018

Last Updated Feb 24, 2018 at 8:29 am EDT

Photo courtesy of Ray of Hope on Instagram, @rayofhopekw.

It’s the chance to brave the cold, while raising money for a good cause.

The annual Coldest Night of the Year event is happening in communities across Canada — including here in Waterloo Region.

Harry Whyte is CEO of Ray of Hope, and says it’s really an opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes and see the impacts of poverty.

“The idea is to give people a taste of what it’s like, and a taste of what our community is like when it comes together. It gives people a glimpse into the world of poverty, and what it’s like to live like that on a daily basis.”

Whyte says the local walk is in support of Ray of Hope, which assists about 200 people each and every day.

“It’s really a place where everybody knows your name. For many of our guests, Ray of Hope is their kitchen, living room, and a place to connect with people in a social way. In poverty, people tend to live a pretty isolated lifestyle. So places like Ray of Hope and The Working Centre really fill that gap, and provide that kind of connection place.”

It’s the 8th year in a row that Ray of Hope is hosting the Coldest Night of the Year event — and they’re hoping to raise $185,000 through the walk.

Nearly 700 people are expected to come take part, and there’s still time to register.

Registration opens Saturday at 4 p.m., at Cameron Heights Collegiate, and welcoming announcements begin at 5 p.m.

You can learn more about the event by clicking here.