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Warm-hearted Salmon Arm walkers unite for Coldest Night of the Year

Event raises over $59,000 for Shuswap Food Action Society efforts

Warm coats, gloves and toques were the chosen attire for most people waiting to start their Coldest Night of the Year trek in downtown Salmon Arm on Saturday.

At 4 p.m. on Feb. 26, people participating in the event, hosted by the Shuswap Food Action Society, began gathering at the downtown SASCU branch parking lot to check in. About 36 teams and 200 walkers were fundraising for the event, which included walking one of two routes, a two-kilometre route and a 5-km route.

Many event participants were wearing their Coldest Night of the Year toque, either this year’s bright yellow offering or past variants.

As of Monday, Feb. 28, more than $59,000 had been raised to support the society’s efforts to serve people experiencing hunger, hurt and homelessness.

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