Walkers gathered at the Elks Hall on Feb. 25 for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk, with proceeds going to the Crowsnest Pass Food Bank.

Blairmore walk raises $45K for Crowsnest food bank

By William Cockerell
Shootin’ the Breeze Shootin’ the Breeze Community Reporter
March 30, 2023
The Crowsnest Pass Food Bank raised $45,166 through the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk.

Held each year in 166 communities across Canada, Coldest Night of the Year walks raise money for charities supporting those experiencing hurt, hunger and homelessness.

The local food bank hosted its first CNOY walk in Blairmore on Feb. 25, raising money to help cover the ever-growing costs of food and its transportation over the course of the year. 

Originally, the fundraising goal was set at $20,000. However, residents of Crowsnest Pass and surrounding areas stepped up to more than double that goal with their unwavering support.

“Our community has always been very supportive of the food bank. We have had so many changes in the past year, including a 40 per cent increase in usage,” says Desiree Erdmann, manager of the food bank.

“Having everyone come together for a common goal, and all the laughing and hugging, was certainly very uplifting for everyone at the food bank.”


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Community members embraced the opportunity to support their local food bank. Twenty teams made up of 89 walkers participated in the event, with 40 volunteers, 770 donors and 18 sponsors contributing to the success of the walk.

Despite chilly, windy conditions on the day of the walk, the community pulled together and showed up for a great cause. 

The generosity of everyone who contributed has not gone unnoticed.

“The Crowsnest Pass Food Bank is very thankful for the support and kindness of our community. We appreciate everyone who had a part in Coldest Night of the Year,” Desiree says.

With the success of this year’s walk, many locals have already expressed a desire for a second edition of the event in the Pass next year.

As luck would have it, the CNOY will return to Blairmore next year on Feb. 24 to once more help support the food bank, as it has supported the community for over 25 years. 

If this year was any indication, the event will only continue to grow in its ability to make a positive impact on the community.

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