Here’s your chance to do something about homelessness

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It is once again time for Campbell River Family Services’ (CRFS) local Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

This year’s walk will take place Feb. 20 and all of the funds raised will go toward providing relief to the homeless in Campbell River. There has been much debate about homelessness in Campbell River this past year and comments left on social media and other forums have referred to homelessness in light of the support government and local people are providing to assisting Syrian refugees. One of the most common questions is why do we give so much to refugees but – supposedly – little to our own homeless? Well, it’s really a case of comparing apples to oranges because we’re a rich enough country to do both.

But the thing is, you have to actually do something and if you feel that we all need to do more for the homeless in our community, then this is your golden opportunity to do so. Sign up for the Coldest Night of the Year and collect pledges. Organizers have set a goal of $30,000. It seems like such a modest goal, let’s push that total higher and then you can proudly say, “I did something to fight homelessness in my community.”

This year, CRFS will put the money raised by the walk towards finding a temporary location for a sobering assessment centre. All you have to do is register online, pay $25, collect pledges and then walk two, five or 10 kilometres in downtown Campbell River on Feb. 20.

What could be easier? For more information, contact Paul Mason at 250-287-2421.