Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser in Oshawa by Youth in Policing sets record

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Published March 7, 2023 at 3:45 pm

Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Breaks Record

The unsheltered got a warm boost after a Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser brought in a record $23,000 in support of Refuge Oshawa.

Durham Police’s Youth in Policing organization raised the money and surpassed their $20,000 goal in the process, with all money raised assisting those who are unsheltered across Durham Region.

The fundraising team placed first out of 69 teams in Oshawa and 15th out of 5,920 teams nationally, part of a national Coldest Night of the Year campaign to raise money for people in the community who are experiencing homelessness, hunger, and hurt. This year’s campaign raised $12.3 million, with The Refuge, a drop-in centre that serves homeless, hurting and hungry youth 26 and under, the local recipient.

Youth in Policing has been participating in the initiative since 2017 and have raised more than $105,000 since that time.

The Youth In Policing (YIP)  team and seven Durham police officers gathered at the Calvary Church in Oshawa to participate in the five kilometre walk on February 25.

“The YIP team did an incredible job surpassing multiple fundraising goals and helping to bring the community together while doing so,” declared a statement from Durham Police. “Thank you again to the Refuge team for your continued support throughout this initiative. This is another excellent example of how we can all make an impact in our community.”

The Refugee, located at 300 Court Street south of downtown, offers programs (along with food and temporary shelter) that meet basic needs, encourage transformation, generate awareness, and teach prevention of homelessness.

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