Saskatoon

Coldest Night fundraising walk hints at reality of being homeless in Saskatoon

A biting wind is likely to put an edge on tonight’s Coldest Walk fundraiser for Saskatoon homeless shelters, giving participants a taste of life for those without a home.

Event raises money for The Lighthouse and The Bridge

The Coldest Night event aims to raise awareness and funds to support Saskatoon's homeless community. (Radio-Canada)

A biting wind is likely to put an edge on tonight's Coldest Walk fundraiser for Saskatoon homeless shelters, giving participants a taste of life for those without a home. 

More than 100 people are expected to walk between two and 10 kilometres to raise money for The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. and The Bridge Fellowship Centre.

The event gives walkers a hint of what it's like to live in Saskatoon with no fixed address.

Lighthouse fundraising and communications co-ordinator Marilyn Jackson said unlike the event participants, the city's homeless did not have the luxury to retreat to a safe place.

"Everybody that walks today has a place to go home to tonight and they have a warm place to sleep and three meals a day," she said.

"So the challenge for people that don't have a home is making sure that they do have a warm place to sleep."

The event starts at 4 p.m. CST and takes participants to The Bridge Fellowship Centre to The Lighthouse, with two of the routes running along the South Saskatchewan River.

Organizers said it was a family-friendly event, through which they hope to raise $50,000. 

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