Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Breaks Record

The DRPS Youth in Policing (YIP) students’ Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser raised a record-breaking $23,000 in support of the Refuge Oshawa.

All money raised will assist those who are unsheltered across Durham Region.    The Refuge is a drop-in centre that serves homeless, hurting and hungry youth 26 and under. The Refuge offers programs that meet basic needs, encourage transformation, generate awareness, and teach prevention of homelessness.

CNOY is an annual nationwide fundraiser to raise money for people in the community who are experiencing homelessness, hunger, and hurt.

YIP has been fundraising with CNOY annually since 2017 and has raised $105,705.28 to date! This year, the YIP cohort set a fundraising goal of $20,000 to surpass their previous fundraising record. Through the extraordinary efforts of the YIP team, that goal was exceeded!  The Youth in Policing fundraising team placed first out of 69 teams in Oshawa and 15th out of 5,920 teams nationally!

In celebration of their fundraising accomplishment, the YIP team, and seven DRPS officers gathered at the Calvary Church in Oshawa to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year 5km walk on February 25, 2023. This year CNOY raised $12.3 million dollars nationwide, and the YIP cohort is proud to have contributed to that number.

The YIP team did an incredible job surpassing multiple fundraising goals and helping to bring the community together while doing so. Thank you again to the Refuge team for your continued support throughout this initiative. This is another excellent example of how we can all make an impact in our community.

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