Coldest Night of the Year a Huge Success!!


Amazing volunteer route marshals cheered on our walkers!

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, over 400 people gathered to walk the streets of Orillia. They gathered for two purposes: to create awareness for the hurting, hungry and homeless, and to raise funds for The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Due to the passionate and committed community, the Coldest Night of the Year 2016 was a huge success!!

Read about the event in the following articles:

Team Spirit

Team Ainsworth getting ready to walk!

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page to hear our final total!!  The online giving for Coldest Night is open until Thursday, March 18th. Once all totals have been calculated, a final total will be available in April. To give financially, click here for the Coldest Night of the Year – Orillia web page.

Thank you to our incredible community for helping create a successful event!


Event organizers having fun!



Save the date for Coldest Night of the Year 2017!!  

Saturday, February 25! 

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City of Orillia loans The Lighthouse $450,000 for Building Hope!

We are one huge step closer to making a new Orillia homeless hub a reality!

Last Monday, City Council made a decision to loan The Lighthouse $450,000 to purchase property for a future shelter. We are so grateful for the forward thinking Council to help move Building Hope forward.

Read and watch all the news by clicking on the following links:

Orillia TodayScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 10.47.18 AM “Orillia Lends Charity $450,000”





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Packet and Times“City Council Approves $450,000 Loan for New Shelter”




CTV News BarrieScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.00.39 AM
“Orillia Homeless Shelter Plans Much Needed Expansion” 


Contact The Lighthouse Board Chair, Glenn Wagner, or the Executive Director, Linda Goodall, for further information. 705-329-2265.


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Coldest Night Of The Year Is Almost Here!


Have you heard the news?!? The Coldest Night of the Year is almost here!! Only 14 days until we WALK!


Team Orillia Lightfoots are walking again this year!

What is Coldest Night of the Year? CNOY is a fantastically family friendly walking fundraiser that raises awareness for the hungry, homeless and hurting. It is a national event, where thousands of people will be walking all across Canada, raising funds for charities in their own communities. In Orillia, all fund raised go towards the operating costs of The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter, as well as a portion going towards Building Hope initiative (our incredible plan to build a new shelter for men, women and families, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association). Every day, there are homeless in our own community, and we want to do something about it.

Last year in 2015, close to 300 people on 42 teams came together to raise close to $53,000. And this year, we want to crush those numbers!


Our goal for 2016 is $55,000! As of today (Saturday, February 6th) we have 43 teams, with 176 walkers registered and we have made 42% of our goal! We can’t wait to see what happens on February 20th.


So what can YOU do? Join us!! 

We’ve made it so easy for you. All you need to do, is go to Coldest Night of the Year website (click here) and do one of the following:

  1. Create a Team
  2. Join a Team
  3. Donate towards a Team
  4. Sign up to Volunteer
  5. Sponsor CNOY

So many members of our community have created teams! We have the City of Orillia, Orillia Fire, Orillia Opera House, Lakehead University, Georgian College and so many churches, community groups, organizations and businesses. Join us!


Linda Goodall and Mika Takamaki (one of the founders of CNOY)

New more informations?
Contact Event Director Linda Goodall at



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