The sun was just setting on a gorgeous winter day on Saturday, but that didn't keep folks from hitting the pavement for 'The Coldest Night of the Year' walk in Abbotsford.
Sporting bright yellow toques, people walked to raise awareness for street youth and to raise money for the local Cyrus Centre.
"We want to support Abbotsford's homeless issue," said Herman Stahl, who was hoofing the five kilometre route. "And for ourselves, to be aware of it and raise the level of interest and funds for Cyrus Centre."
About 200 people of all ages registered for the local walk, which has been going on across Canada for years, but is in its inaugural year in Abbotsford. The walk featured a 2km, 5km and 10km distance.
"My brother works for Cyrus Centre and I believe in what they do for the community," said Carissa Krause.
Cyrus Centre director Les Talvio was on hand at the Ware Street location to greet walkers part way through their journey and hand out hot chocolate.
"I'm just blown away, amazed," he said of the number of walkers and the response the centre has received.
The walk raised $26,000, surpassing their goal of $25,000 said Talvio.
All the money raised will go to the Cyrus Centre for their 'Roof 4 Youth' initiative.
On any given day, there are 35-50 youth (under the age of 19 with the youngest being 12) who are homeless, couch surfing or staying in unsafe situations in Abbotsford said Talvio.
"Our goal is to see all youth have a roof over their heads," he said.
Cyrus Centre has been consistently full since September, with four regular beds for overnight stays and up to 14 beds in extreme weather.
The money raised from the walk will help with plans for the centre's second stage housing for semi-independent youth, which will be opening later this spring added Talvio.
For those still wishing to contribute to the walk, contact email@example.com or call 604-859-5773.