Coldest Night of the Year Walk Raises Over $56,000 For Youth Haven

A record-setting amount of money was raised during this year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk held on February 22, 2020!

We exceeded the target of $50,000 thanks to the over 200 participants and 39 teams that walked 3, 5 or 10 kilometres to support youth in Barrie-Orillia-Simcoe County that are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Thank you to the supporters and the 60 volunteers who assisted every step of the way to make the evening a success. We could not have done it without you.



“The money raised goes towards our programs and services.” said Lucy Gowers, Youth Haven executive director.

“We helped over 400 young people in our region last year. Not just at our emergency shelter, but outreach programs in the Collingwood area, South Simcoe, Orillia, Barrie and Midland.”




Like walks in previous years, this was a family affair, with many moms, dads and children taking part.

Our first responders, churches, sports teams, teachers, schools, and labour groups were with us.


“The community shows year-after-year that they truly believe in the work Youth Haven does.” said Gowers. “This goes beyond even the financial aspect. It’s education. It’s awareness. It’s everyone choosing to #BeTheDifference.”

Donations to the Coldest Night of the Year walk are being accepted until March, 31, 2020.

Donate HERE to sponsor the Youth Haven Walkers.

Circle this date – February 20, 2021 when we will walk again.

Thank you!

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