Manitoba

Coldest Night of the Year walk raises money for Winnipeg homeless youth programs

Almost 200 Manitobans braved chilly temperatures on Saturday to walk in support of a Winnipeg agency that helps homeless young people.

Walk in Winnipeg raised more than $51K for Resource Assistance for Youth

Participants in the Coldest Night of the Year event in Winnipeg walk two, five or 10 kilometres and raise money for Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY). (CBC)

Almost 200 Manitobans braved chilly temperatures on Saturday to walk in support of a Winnipeg agency that helps homeless young people.

The Coldest Night of the Year, which took place across Canada, involved participants walking two, five or 10 kilometres and raising money for a charity that helps "the hungry, homeless and hurting," according to the event's website.

This year's event in Winnipeg raised money for Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY), a non-profit agency that works with youth and young adults who are on the streets.

The walk had at least 177 participants who raised more than $51,000 to benefit RAY's basic needs programs, said Kelly Holmes, the agency's executive director.

"I think we always should be thinking about the homeless, especially in this cold-weather climate that we're in," Holmes said.

"Agencies like RAY help them with the support that they need, so this is all a way that the community can come together and support a really good cause and a good agency."

The temperature at the Winnipeg airport was about –10 C as of 6 p.m. CT Saturday, but with the wind chill it felt more like –19, according to CBC meteorologist John Sauder.

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