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Christian Life in London Does The Coldest Night of the Year
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The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a nationwide event focused on raising funds and awareness to support those in our country who are suffering from homelessness. This year it took place on Saturday, February 20th. Locally, the fundraising supports the efforts of Mission Services of London to reach those in need in London.


The Christian Life in London team, in association with friends and family, took part in the CNOY, which in addition to fundraising consists of a 2.5, 5, or 10-kilometer walk through downtown London. The night became ironically named as it was in fact the warmest night of the year to this point!

Team Captain Karen Vandekieft used her boundless energy and enthusiasm to rally the team to action, both during the pre-walk fundraising and the event itself.

Among the Christian Life in London team members was Sharon Ralph. Sharon, 72 years young, is a regular supporter of the homeless in London, donating clothes and sundries that are difficult for the men to come by. She insisted on walking 2 km despite the fact that she had surgery on both knees couple of years ago. Sharon walked with her husband, Allan and daughter Rebecca.

Walking with Karen was Marlyn Collins, who is 82 years young. Marlyn insisted she and her daughter Wendy walk in support of London's homeless citizens despite the fact that she also had knee surgery late last year.

The rest of the CLIL team did a vigorous 5 km walk. The charitable nature of the event did little to curb the natural competitive spirit of the team members, and although the details of who won the final speed walk to the finish may change with whom you speak to, a great time was had by all. A hearty chilli supper combined with fellowshipping with old and new friends rounded out the evening.

Despite the festive atmosphere of the CNOY the event drives home a sobering point. Those streets that we walked through, supported by many volunteers shepherding us on our way, are the same streets that men and women in the London area are in danger of sleeping on if not for the efforts of local shelters. Hopefully one day all will be housed and fundraisers like the Coldest Night of the Year will no longer be necessary.

Karen is already planning for 2017 promising a larger team and more funds raised!






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