Rotaract Niagara takes on Coldest Night of the Year

The Rotaract Club of Niagara was pleased and honoured to be a part of 2018’s Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), which took place February 24 in communities around Niagara. 

CNOY is a nationwide event that raises awareness and funds for individuals and families experiencing hunger, homelessness, and hurt all across Canada. The walk began at 5:15 pm in 121 locations throughout the nation, and consisted of more than 19,000 participants.

Rotaract Niagara, which is sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Fonthill, contributed seven walkers at three locations: Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Welland. With the help and support of many sponsors including Rotarians, family and friends, and others, the event was a success.

In order to increase funds from the event, Rotaract Niagara also held a bottle drive across the region, so that after the walk, the group had tripled its initial goal, raising a little more than $1,800.

Each location walked in support of an established initiative that provides support systems and resources for community members in need. In Welland, walkers supported Open Arms Missions, which aims to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community. St. Catharines teams raised money for Start Me Up Niagara, which provides support to those facing difficult life changes such as unemployment or mental illness. Last but not least, Niagara Falls walkers raised funds for Project SHARE, an initiative that mobilizes resources for those under the poverty line.

CNOY has reached 98% of its $4.5 million goal, and is still accepting donations until March 31. Visit for more information.

(Above Photo:  The Welland Team with Leslie Bellingham of Open Arms Mission)

The St. Catharines team looking enthusiastic during their 10km walk.