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Coldest Night of the Year Charity Walkers Can Take Acton Route

For the second year in a row, local participants in Saturday's Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) charity walk will have a 3 km course in Acton they can follow. The walk takes place 5:00 pm on Feb. 25, winding through the downtown area, beginning and ending at Links2Care Hub at the McKenzie-Smith Bennett School at 31 Acton Blvd.

Provided photo: CNOY Acton 2022

CNOY is an annual event held in over 170 cities to support local charities working to combat homelessness, hunger and mental health issues. Proceeds from this year's Halton Hills walkathon fund raiser will be split among two Halton Hills non-profit agencies--Links2Care and the Georgetown Bread Basket.

Deirdre Hogan, marketing and communications specialist for Links2Care in Halton Hills, thinks last year's walk was hugely successful. “We more than doubled the goal we set and raised over $52,000. Each community chooses a charity and the money is spent locally,” she said. “Also participants get to feel a little of what it's like to be outside in the cold in a Canadian winter.”

Provided photo: CNOY Acton 2022

The majority teams and individuals in this year's benefit are expected to walk the two or five km routes in Georgetown, but the Acton Rotary Club will have its team, Acton Rotary and Friends, walking the Acton course.

Team captain, Rob Vandervecht explains the reason for keeping the event close to home: “The Rotary Club of Acton likes to focus on community causes and events, whether we organize them ourselves or simply participate in a show of support. We are big fans of the work that Links2Care does in Acton, so we are happy to be involved in the Coldest Night of the Year. By organizing the walking in Acton, it gives even more local flavour.”

According to Acton Rotary Club Secretary, Alison Macintosh, “Last year there were 14 of us, and we raised $3,300. Let’s hope we can do that again!”

Teams and individuals can still sign up for this event at

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