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Salmon Arm walkers raise more than $86,000 with Coldest Night of the Year

Local event benefits Shuswap Food Action Society
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Salmon Arm Coldest Night of the Year volunteer Laureen Shannon waves to participating walkers on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Kayleigh Seibel Photography)

More than 300 people helped raise around $86,000 for a cause by walking together in Salmon Arm’s Coldest Night of the Year.

Forty-nine teams took park in the community fundraising event benefiting the Shuswap Food Action Society (SFAS) on Saturday evening, Feb. 24. As in past years, participants met in the parking lot of the downtown SACU branch, where they registered and took part in opening ceremonies before venturing off on either a 2- or 5-kilometre walk. Afterwards, walkers had the option to warm up with a hot meal outside the Downtown Askew’s.

As of Monday, Feb. 26, $86,446 was raised for SFAS, the event’s organizer. The non-profit SFAS works to address food insecurity, increase food and nutrition literacy and grow the local food economy. It’s programs include free food boxes for families in need, with food purchased directly from local farmers; the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden, which grows produce collectively to give

For more information, visit cnoy.org./location/salmonarm.

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Salmon Arm Coldest Night of the Year volunteer Laureen Shannon greets walkers at the finish on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Kayleigh Seibel Photography)
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Team BDO readies to roll in this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Kayleigh Seibel Photography)
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Salmon Arm Coldest Night of the Year veteran Isaac Scheidegger is ready start this year’s walk with team Sophia Sisters and Friends from the downtown SASCU branch on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Kayleigh Seibel Photography)
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Salmon Arm Coldest Night of the Year participants safely make their way through the downtown area on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Kayleigh Seibel Photography)


Lachlan Labere

About the Author: Lachlan Labere

Editor of the Salmon Arm Observer, Shuswap Market, and Eagle Valley News. I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to keep our readers informed and engaged.
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