Coldest Night of the Year 2018

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Coldest Night of the Year 2018

The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is Canada’s National Walk for Homelessness, and it’s a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser for hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals and families across our nation.

On February 24th, the Kootenay Co-op sponsored, participated in, and hosted a rest stop at this year’s CNOY event raising money for Nelson CARES. This is an annual event that fundraises for local organizations that combat homelessness in communities all across Canada.

Collaboration with Local Vendors

Alex, of Virtue Artisan Tea, donated delicious tea (Lavender Mint and Cream of Earl Grey… yummm) to serve at the Kootenay Co-op rest stop, but more importantly, he donated his time. He showed up to help hand out tea and cookies to the Coldest Night walkers. Thank you Alex!

Here’s Alex of Virtue Artisan Tea warming up with some Lavender Mint tea and a Maniac Cookie from KBCC posing with Alyssa Nebel of the Kootenay Co-op who’s pairing a gluten free lemon cookie with Virtue’s Cream of Earl Grey (you should try it… it’s a delicious tea and cookie pairing!).

While Virtue Tea kept walkers warm, Kootenay Bakery Cafe Co-op donated cookies to help walkers energized (for the 5 and 10 km walks). Thank you KBCC!

And here’s another True Local supplier, Dana, of Nelson Naturals toothpaste participating in the walk with another group.

Nelson CARES

Nelson CARES is a local organization in our community that does important work with the most vulnerable people in the community. This year, the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) funds raised are going to support their Ready for Home program, which offers supports to homeless individuals whom are ready for housing, those whom are newly housed, and those whom at risk of losing their housing.

Did you donate?

Just an hour before registration for the walk opened on Saturday, Nelson reached our $35,000 citywide goal! If you feel like you missed out on your chance to donate, fear not! Donations will still be accepted until March 31. You can follow this link to donate today.

Here’s some of the Co-op team on their walk. On the left is Moe; he works in the co-working space in our building. Behind him is Grant, Finance Clerk, who walked in shorts and t-shirt for a substantial donation! Beside Moe is Paul Kelly, Operations Manager, and on the far right is Paul’s son, Emerson.

Co-operative Fundraising Success!

Some folks find the Scoreboard to be an inspiration, competition pushing them to the next level. That may be true for Kootenay Co-op staff members who walked in the Coldest Night of the Year and who hold two of the top four spots in Nelson for fundraising efforts. Out of 38 teams, the Co-op’s team was the third best fundraiser. We can’t brag about this status without mentioning Grant Cherwenuk, Co-op Finance Clerk, who received a single $1000 donation for agreeing to walk all 10 km in shorts and a t-shirt!! On the Coldest Night of the Year!! Way to go, Grant. What a champ.

Alex, Grant, and Alyssa
Behind the table is Alex (Virtue Artisan Tea) who donated tea and time. In the foreground is Grant Cherwenuk (Co-op Finance Clerk, 3rd best fundraiser in Nelson) and Alyssa Nebel (Co-op Outreach Coordinator, 4th best fundraiser in Nelson).

Co-operative Community

The Co-op supported this annual community event by more than just walking in it though. We also hosted a rest stop where we provided hot cider, cold water, gluten-free cookies, tea (donated by Virtue Tea) and cookies (donated by Kootenay Bakery Cafe Co-op). We minimized waste by encouraging walkers to bring their own mugs and we rented ceramic mugs for those who forgot theirs.

We also donated to the post-walk chili dinner. We provided tortilla chips, True Local organic yogurt from Jerseyland Organics, dairy-free vegan yogurt, and True Local organic red onions from Janet Spicer’s Farm. No chili and chips went to waste; all the leftovers were donated to Stepping Stones homeless shelter.

From left: Moe (who works in the co-working space in our building), Leannah (Co-op Customer Service team), and David (Marketing and Communications Manager)

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who took part in this important and FUN event. And remember, you can still donate until March 31, 2018! Follow this link to donate today.