The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a covid-safe, family-friendly walk to raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger. This year's walk takes place on February 26, 2022. Our Arlington Woods Church team will be walking to raise money for Capital City Mission and Jericho Road (Addiction Recovery and Support). In 2021 our team raised $4,416 and these two helping organizations received a total of $130,155 because of walkers and sponsors! For more information on these ministries visit https://cnoy.org/location/ottawalowertown.
donate to our team:
If you would like to donate to sponsor someone on our Arlington Woods Church team, click HERE to visit our CNOY Team Page. Once on the page, choose the Team Member you would like to sponsor and then select "Donate Now".
join our team:
We would LOVE to have you join the Arlington Woods Church team and raise money for our Ottawa Lowertown ministries! We are also encouraging kids, teens, and families to be involved! You can sign your child/teen up (parents, use your own email address when doing so) and encourage friends and family members to sponsor them on the walk! (Kids need to be accompanied on the walk by a parent). CNOY is a great way for your kids/teens to feel that they are making a difference and helping others.
To join our team, visit our CNOY Team Page and select "Join the Team". It'll take you through the steps to register!
There is no minimum requirement you have to raise to participate in this year's walk, but all walkers who fundraise $150 or more (for adults 18 and older), or $75 (for youth 17 and under) will receive the 2022 CNOY toque! Wear your toque proudly as a sign that you've accomplished some seriously impressive and impactful fundraising for your local charity. If you join out team before Wednesday, February 23rd, Pastor Ben will pick up your toque and have it ready for you when you join us for the walk on the 26th. If you join our team afterwards, you will have to pick up your own toque at Jericho Road or Capital City Mission.
To gain sponsors and raise funds, the easiest way is to share our team link with friends, family and co-workers and then get people to click on your name to donate online. Alternately, you can share your own personal link once you've registered to join our team, then share that link for people to donate online. If a sponsor gives you a cash donation and you would like to know how to submit that, contact Pastor Ben for some assistance.
Due to COVID, there will be no organized route taking place downtown in 2022. Instead, you have two options:
1) You can do a 2.5km or 5km walk in your own neighbourhood at a time that works for you! You don't even have to do it on February 26th, although that's recommended. If you do this, please take photos/selfies and share them on social media using the hashtag #CNOY21
2) You can join us for a socially-distanced walk around the church neighbourhood on February 26th at 10:30am! We chose this time because we thought it would be safer to walk when it's daytime. Walkers can bring a snack or drink with them. Walkers should also have a mask in case they can't maintain social distancing on the sidewalk or if they need to use the church washroom. Kids need to be walking with a family member. Teens can participate without a family member if they complete a permission form leading up to the event.
We will leave the church to start walking at exactly 10:30am on Feb. 26th (so don't be late!).
We will walk from the church down McClellan Road.
At the end of McClellan Rd. Make a right on Siskin Court.
Make a right on Riverbrook Rd.
Make a left on Parkland Crescent.
Make a right on Sellers Way.
Make a right on Parkland Crescent.
Make a left on Riverbrook Rd.
Make a right on McClellan Rd. and return to the church.
This route is 2.5km, so for those walking 5km, we'll take a short break if anyone needs to use a washroom at the church, and then we'll do the circle a second time!
(Pictured above is our Arlington Woods Church team from 2021)