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Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser will be in-person event in 2022

It’s never too early to get a plan in place for the upcoming in-person AWAC Coldest Night of the Year 2022 fundraising walk set for Feb. 22 in downtown Prince George.
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AWAC's Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraising walk will take place Feb. 22, 2022. It's never too early to think about giving.

It’s never too early to get a plan in place for the upcoming in-person AWAC Coldest Night of the Year 2022 fundraising walk set for Feb. 22.

The Association Advocating for Women and Community (AWAC) began in Prince George in 1994 and continues to serve the community today.

Brendan Elliott, community services manager, helps organize this event and knows the value of the non-profit organization as he is one of its many success stories.

Elliott was once an addicted homeless person who became incarcerated after he turned to a life of crime. It was at the time of his incarceration that AWAC reached out to offer the Olive’s Branch program, an abstinence-based therapeutic community that supports people focused on living a life free from addiction.

Just this last year, the program has helped house about 100 people.

“We cannot successfully run these programs without the generous help and support from members of our community who participate in this fantastic and fun event,” Elliott said.

This year, the walk will be in-person where last year people were asked to walk in their own neighbourhoods.

“We will all be walking together, socially distanced of course, on Feb. 22 for five kilometres,” Elliott said.

The walk will begin at the Olive’s Branch downtown housing location, go throughout downtown Prince George for the 5 km loop and back to the housing project.

AWAC already has some fundraising projects on the go with bottle donations accepted at Nechako Bottle Depot, 1922 First Ave.

People wishing to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year walk can put a team together or participate individually.

If a participant raises more than $150 they receive a Coldest Night of the Year toque.

“Come join us as we walk to help support our community and help those in need,” Elliott said.

To register a team or a walker visit https://cnoy.org/home.