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The 2018 Coldest Night of the Year Walk will be held on February 24th …….. no matter how cold it is. The event, now in its 8th year, will be held in 117 centres across Canada. The money raised in each of the walks is designated for a specific charity and in London, the walk helps fund the activities of Mission Services of London.

Founded in 1951, Mission Services of London is a Christian faith based, non-profit, social service organization serving London and area. Their mission is to actively respond to people experiencing need, affirm human dignity and inspire hope. They do this through programs and services at their five branches, including offering meals, safe shelter, counselling, referrals and addiction treatment as well as basic needs items to men, women and families.

This year, the goal for the London Coldest Night of the Year Walk has been set at $65,000 but as of February 2, we need a lot more walkers and donors if the goal is to be met!

Join us as we walk together on Saturday, February 24, 2018! Plan to arrive for 4:00 pm to register and let the fun begin at Catholic Central High School (CCH), 450 Dundas St., London. Walk Kick-off starts at 5:00 pm.


HELP MAKE AN IMPACT

“As a walker, you will experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness during a wintry Canadian night,” tells Ericka Ayala Ronson, Director of Development & Communications, Mission Services of London. “Our 5 km route takes walkers into one of our branches. As a fundraiser, you will help us to deliver programs to our clients.”

On January 17 Mission Services of London kicked off the Coldest Night of the Year walk. Past walkers, volunteers, sponsors and members of the community heard first-hand how their support has helped to change the lives of people like Paul Sage. Paul shared how different his life looks now, thanks to the services he received at Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Center and Quinton Warner House - the Mission Services addiction treatment branch.

At one point, Paul shares, “Everything I owned was in the green garbage bag. Outside of a couple of guys I’d get high with, I didn’t have a friend in the world”.


Mission Services of London employee Paul Sage inside the organization’s refrigerated delivery van. Sage, a former Mission Services client, is sharing his experiences while helping launch this year’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser.
Today, having participated in the program at Quinton Warner house, Paul is sober and no longer stays in a shelter at the Men’s Mission; however, he is there often, dropping off food donations to be used in preparation of the meals for people who are experiencing homelessness and staying at Mission Services of London branches.

Paul is a friendly face that represents Mission Services with donors who give fresh produce, baked goods, meat and other food items that help provide meals to the neighbors in need.

He drives the Mission Services of London refrigerated van all around town, and he feels blessed.

“Mission Services of London kept me alive, gave me a bed to sleep in and encouraged me,” Paul says. “Eight years ago, I was living at Men’s Mission with nothing but a green garbage bag and now I drive the van around…. God is doing some work in the end”

There’re many others like Paul and he has encouragement for them, “Recovery is hard work at first, but anybody who is sick of being sick and tired can get clean. He adds, “If they’re willing to do the work and seek the help they need, there is hope for everybody.”

For more of the Paul Sage story, click to read “Mission Services client turned employee lends inspiration” featured in The Londoner in January.

The Coldest Night of the Year Walk is the most important fundraisers of the year for Mission Services of London so let’s all pitch in to make sure the goal of $65,000 is not just met, but surpassed!

CLICK HERE If you would like:
  • To form a team or to join a team
  • To donate or pledge
  • To volunteer
  • Or just for more information

Event Day Details
February 24, 2018
Catholic Central High School (CCH)
450 Dundas St
London, ON

4:00 pm - Registration opens. All walkers must check-in and sign a waiver form before participating.

5:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies

5:15 pm - Walk begins (all distances)

6:00 pm - Registration closes

6:00 pm - Meal service begin. A warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers.

8:00 pm - Route closes, meal service ends

Three Route Options:
  • 2.5 km
  • 5 km
  • 10 km

Route Information
  • Rest stop(s) will be available on all routes.
  • Maps will be available at the Welcome Desk. All routes will be well signed.
  • Route marshals, rest stop attendants, and sweep vehicle drivers will be available for support along the route.
  • All walkers 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • No pets are permitted (except for service dogs). Please leave Fido safely at home.

What to Bring

Please bring:
  • any cash or cheques made out to "Coldest Night of the Year"
  • a completed pledge form or "My Results Form" to match the cash or cheques
  • a signed waiver form
  • good walking waterproof shoes/boots
  • warm coat & heavy mitts or gloves