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Blue Door’s Coldest Night walk raises $160K to help homeless

March 3, 2023

Posted on: March 3rd, 2023. By: Newmarket Today Staff,, Original Article.

Nearly 400 walkers helped surpass the goal of $150,000 to support programs for individuals experiencing homelessness in York Region

Blue Door supporters braved the cold to raise $161,538 — surpassing the goal of $150,000 — to help provide life-saving support for those in the community experiencing homelessness at the Coldest Night of the Year walk Feb. 25 in Richmond Hill.

The top fundraising team was led by Blue Door CEO Michael Braithwaite, who told the 393 people who walked that “this is the impact of community.”

Jessica, one of Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold’s clients, told participants how she was able overcame her hardships with the help of the Blue Door programs supported by the annual fundraising event.

The event was also attended by Richmond Hill MP Majid Jowhari, Markham-Unionville MP Paul Chiang, Richmond Hill MPP Daisy Wai, Thornhill MPP Laura Smith, Richmond Hill Mayor David West, Councillor Michael Shiu, Councillor Simon Cui, York Regional Police Deputy Chief Paolo DaSilva and other York Regional Police leaders and officers.

Blue Door is accepting donations on its Coldest Night of the Year fundraising page until March 31 here.