Kelowna residents ready to chill for 30K Club

More than 100 local residents are expected to bundle up and participate in the second annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser walk in support of the Kelowna Gospel Mission's 30K Club.

In Kelowna, the money raised for the walk will go back to helping the homeless, hungry and hurting in this community.

30K Club coordinator and local walk organizer Jessica Samuels  says the goal is to raise $30,000, the proceeds of which will go back to the programs and services.

"It's a unique idea because participants will be walking at night and it looks like we'll be getting a little bit of snow too. Yes, we'll all be cold, but for those few short hours, we will have a small idea of what it feels like for individuals in our city who won't be going home to a nice, warm bed at the end of the evening," Samuel said.

The 5 and 10 kilometre walk options kick off at 5 p.m. (registration starts at 4 p.m.) at First United Church, 721 Lawrence Ave., and wraps up with a hot chili dinner.

Participants can register a team or join the existing 30K Club Team in advance online at


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