NORTH DURHAM: Local residents are invited to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate this February, during a unique event in Uxbridge which aims to raise both funds and awareness for homelessness in North Durham.
On Feb. 22, North House Transitional Housing is taking part in the ‘Coldest Night’ event, inviting residents to walk one of three routes - two, five or 10 km - during one of the coldest months of the year. The events, which take place across Canada each year, aim to raise funds and awareness for the issue of homelessness.
The three routes all begin in downtown Uxbridge that evening.
According to North House Chair Anne Kewley, the fundraiser’s goal is to raise $2.5 million to be put toward affordable housing in North Durham. As of Jan. 13, more than $110,514 had been raised.
"We have a very big problem in Scugog and Uxbridge with young people and the possibility of homelessness," said Ms. Kewley, during a recent presentation to Scugog Council. "In many of these cases, there’s nowhere to live except someone else’s couch... It’s not just people on ODSP, it’s people from the median income and down.
We don’t have enough rental units in North Durham - they don’t have to be palatial, just clean and affordable."
Ms. Kewley added that plans for the 2015 walk, to take place in Scugog, are already being discussed.
Walkers can register a team by visiting www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/partner/northhouse.