Andrew’s story: Why We Walk
16-year-old Andrew Erb of Barrie says he has participated in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk for the last four or five years.
Andrew decided to #bethedifference after seeing the work his mom did for another agency that assisted individuals experiencing homelessness. “I decided I really wanted to raise money,” said Andrew. “I am like a lot of teenagers that don’t realize how fortunate we are and that we have a place to live.”
Community is important to Andrew. He is a five-year member of the 102 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. The Barrie-based squadron held a food drive prior to Christmas and donated stockings of gifts and a Christmas dinner to the kids at Youth Haven.
“You want to try to get out there and help the community because you would want someone to do it for you. I decided it would be a good idea to fundraise and try to help someone have a better year and a better life.”