Participants in the Coldest Night Walk on Saturday begin the trek from the Gateway of Hope.

More than 260 take part in Langley Coldest Night walk

There were more walkers, volunteers and donations at this year's Coldest Night event.

Just over 260 walkers gathered at The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope on Saturday while the sun set on a clear night sky. It was a big change to last year’s snow and wet weather for the Coldest Night walk and fundraiser.

Supporters of all ages gathered and walked 2, 5 or 10 km to raise awareness of homelessness in Langley and also to raise money for the programs and services offered by the Gateway of Hope.  While final processing is being completed to determine the grand total, estimates are that over $20,000 was raised.

This was Gateway’s second year hosting the event and there were  more walkers, volunteers and donations.

Not only was this a great event for the community to get involved in, it also sends out the message that the community cares about the hurting, hungry and homeless in our own backyard, said Gateway of Hope’s Brenda Vanderhorst, event director.

Walkers heard from MP Mark Warawa, City Mayor Ted Schaffer and Township Mayor Jack Froese on just how far Gateway has come from its inception nine years ago. The 53 volunteers who lent a hand in the execution of the event, as well as all the walkers, team captains, and fundraisers, were thanked. Prospera Credit Union, Kintec Footwear and Starbucks Brookswood and Valley Centre locations helped sponsor the event. Over 35 pairs of new or gently used shoes were donated at the Kintec Footwear booth, who later presented them to the Gateway’s emergency shelter.

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