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Renfrew County Ontario Works Staff Will Participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising Walk
Pembroke, ON: On Saturday February 25th, a team of Ontario Works County of Renfrew Employees will assemble with other teams at the Pembroke Legion to begin a 5 kilometre or 10 kilometre walk to raise funds and awareness to combat homelessness. The Coldest Night of the Year walk is held right across Canada to give participants an idea of what a homeless person faces on a Canadian winter Night. Since 2012, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised $12 million to fight homelessness. All funds raised in the local walk on Saturday evening stay right here in Renfrew County. The funds will directly support The Grind Refuge and the Renfrew County Safe Shelter for Youth.
Laura LePine, Ontario Works Manager for the County of Renfrew said; ”We decided as a team to commit to this challenge in memory of two Ontario Works staff that passed away. We named our team ‘Walk for an Angel’ in their memory. We enjoy the team approach at work, and a cause like this is close to our work and our hearts. “
At February’s Session of County Council Warden Jennifer Murphy presented a cheque for $476 on behalf of County staff to the Ontario Works team in support of their walk. The funds were raised by county staff that participated in a Friday Denim Day.
Warden Jennifer Murphy commended staff and said; “It is fantastic to see the generosity and the community minded spirit that our employees have here at the county. I wish you all well on your walk Saturday Night and I thank you for bringing such an important community issue to the forefront.”
For more information regarding the Coldest Night of the Year Walk visit www.cnoy.org
For more information, please contact:
Laura LePine Ontario Works Manager, County of Renfrew 613-732-2601
Michael Barber Media Relations/ Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew 613-735-728