On Feb.24, Rimbey Christian School will be walking a route around Rimbey to raise money for the Rimbey Food Bank and Rimbey Family and Community Home Help Services Association (F.C.S.S.)
This the fourth year for the Coldest Walk fundraiser.
The idea originated when Judy Fairfield was a counsellor for the Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior (GEMS) and the theme for the year was “Be a Blessing”.
“I had remembered other years in the big cities that they did a “Coldest Night Walk” and it was well received, so I thought we could try it. My “Gems” had a wonderful time and we even played in the park that night, in the snow under the stars! We do a little thought-provoking time in the middle of the walk where we discussed what they would do, where would you go if they were homeless, the family income was gone or they just moved to Canada and plans didn’t go as they had thought and had nowhere to go,” said Fairfield.
She said that the answers the girls gave were well thought out. The process was started so that they could see the potential of why the need for a food bank in a community and have a little more compassion to those who require their services and other community support systems.
“Going for the walk is always great to reflect, connect with people, or reconnect and enjoy the great outdoors with no agenda, not to mention the health benefits. We do stop and work out on the equipment that is on one of the paths close to the Lion’s campground,” she said.
The group will complete their 4.5 km route in about an hour.
Donations of funds payable to either Rimbey Food Bank or Family Community Home Help Services Association will go straight to the companies and can be tax receipted if over $20. Last year they raised over $3,000.
The public is welcome to walk along with the group as long as a they are 13 years of age or older; have signed up with us and obtained a pledge sheet.