Coldest Night of the Year Team Captains – We LOVE You!
Dear Team Captains,
First thank you. Thank you for stepping forward to lead a team – in gathering your friends and family to support our event – we appreciate everything that you are doing.
As you know the Coldest Night of the Year is a national walk that is helping us raise funds to help serve the hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community.
We are walking because only the weather should be cold.
We are walking to support all of those in our community who are being crushed by struggle, trauma, shame and loneliness. To them – and to the community that will witness our trek in the dark on February 23rd – we will be declaring together that Everybody Matters. Everybody Belongs. And, we need each other.
This is a great time to remind those who are supporting you as well as those who are unsure that by walking at dusk during a cold winter’s night we will all feel a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness during these cold dark months. And by fundraising, we will be contributing much-needed funds into our community bringing hope and help to those who need it most.
Lakeside HOPE House uses the power of community to overcome the challenges of poverty by delivering front-line services and support that allow Guelph residents living in poverty to maintain their dignity and choice.
If I could find a way to package and dispense hope, I would have a pill more powerful than any antidepressant on the market. Hope, is often the only thing between us and the abyss. As long as an individual has hope, they can recover from anything and everything.
Hope is the belief that circumstances will get better. It is not a wish for things to get better – it is the actual belief, the knowledge that things will get better, no matter how big or small. It is the belief that at age 55, after a disaster where you have lost your home, your car and your possessions – everything material, that you still have your health, your family, a community that cares and that you can and you will be able to start again.
On behalf of the entire planning committee for this years Coldest Night of the Walk – thank you for your time, passion and generosity.