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Bundling Up for the Coldest Night of the Year

Five volunteers from our Fort St. John office bundled up for the 2019 Coldest Night of the Year walk on February 23. This is something that the Fort St. John Foundation backyard team has been doing since the event began in their city. Walkers had the option of walking a 2km, 5km, or 10km route.

Edward Stanford’s daughter Harriet, Josh Andrews, Julianne Kucheran, Edward Stanford and Megan Roeske

The backyard team donated to the event’s host, the Fort St. John Community Bridge, an organization that provides high quality, accessible, inclusive and flexible services for those in need. The Community Bridge provides education, support and professional counselling programs that help build and sustain more positive futures, as well as prevent violence and homelessness. The organization is committed to creating a safe, caring environment that supports emotional and social wellbeing.

Despite competition with a “curling fun-spiel” happening that same Saturday, the Fort St. John volunteers showed up in full colour, eager to bring uplifting and positive vibes to this fundraiser that increases awareness around the issues of homelessness in the community.

“Recognizing that 2019 is the year we’re showcasing CARE, we went as the Urban Care Bears!” says Edward Stanford.

“We were bundled up and warm,” adds Megan Roeske. “But we were trying to ‘think cold’ to relate to the homeless and hurting people in our community.”

Overall, the Fort St. John community raised $20,701 for the cause.

Thank you, Julianne Kucheran for starting our involvement with this event as a Foundation backyard initiative, and for Megan Roeske who led the team’s participation this year.

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