No shortage of passion

Community members came out to walk and raise money for Prince Albert Community Meals on Feb 24, 2018 Participants included MLA Nicole Rancourt, Fire Chief Jason Everitt and Coun. Ted Zurakowski. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

It may have been cold outside, but inside the hearts of the few dozen walkers who attended Coldest Night of the Year 2018, there was nothing but warmth.

Participants, including City councillors Dennis Ogrodnick and Ted Zurakowski, along with fire chief Jason Everitt and MLA Nicole Rancourt, and several others, gathered at St. Mary High School Saturday evening to walk two, five or ten kilometres while raising money for Prince Albert Community Meals.

This year’s event in Prince Albert was the city’s second annual. The event takes place nationwide in various communities to raise funds for homeless. All money raised stays within the community.

“I think this event is really important because it highlights the needs that we have in our community,” Rancourt said after her walk.

“We know that Prince Albert Community meals does an excellent job trying to help people with food security issues within our community, so it’s really important to help support them.”

Coldest Night of the Year participants reach the Prince Albert Museum, marking the halfway point of the 2 km route. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Rory Swenson, one of the organizers, was pleased with the support the event received from Rancourt, as well as the other attendees.

“We’re quite happy wit the turnout. I think because of the cold weather, and in conjunction with school break and Winter Festival, I think that might be the cause of what slowed it down this year,” he said.

“We’re fortunate that the people involved in this are very passionate about what we do. Knowing that we’re raising money for feeding the homeless for feeding the hungry in Prince Albert.”

For more on this story, please see the Feb. 27 print version of the Daily Herald.