Coldest Night of the Year

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly annual walk-a-thon that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in the Niagara Region. 

Helping the Vulnerable in Our Community

"Approximately 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and there are even more who are underhoused. Housing advocates say these figures may increase, due to economic instability during the coronavirus pandemic." The United Way, Canada.

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Walk With Us!

Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community.

Walkers can opt for a 2km or 5km route to help raise much needed revenue for Start Me Up Niagara while experiencing a hint of the challenges faced by those dealing the reality of homelessness.

To fundraise and to walk with us virtually in February, visit and either donate, join or create a team.

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Fundraise and walk with us virtually any day in February. 

According to the CMAJ, "infectious disease epidemics and pandemics have a disproportionate impact on people experiencing poverty, marginalization, stigmatization and discrimination. Amid the current coronavirus disease [2019] (COVID-19) pandemic, this disparity is particularly relevant for individuals who experience homelessness." And is still true in 2022!

Our community's most vulnerable are hungry, hurting, and homeless. Let's raise funds by walking together, safely, to address this as a community. Click here to donate, join or to create a team. 

Walking Together Since 2013

Start Me Up Niagara has raised over $795,000 since 2013 enabling us to buy our location at 17 Gale Crescent, and open our second location at 203 Church Street, and continue to provide vital programs including housing, employment, food and mental health services.

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Your donations go directly to frontline service and supports for our participants who experience homelessness and other mental health and addictions issues.

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