“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for Morningstar from across our community,” said Lynda Carney, one of the lead organizers of the event, “Our goal was $30,000 and, once again, walkers, donors, sponsors and volunteers rallied to help us go above and beyond!”
In 2019 CNOY raised nearly $40,000 that helped the Board invest in the future sustainability of Morningstar by purchasing the building on Water Street. This year, all CNOY funds are ear-marked for much-needed renovations to the kitchen. “Our volunteers serve app. 670 hot meals each month,” says Diane Posterski, Chair, Board of Directors at Morningstar, “Feeding people has always been one of Morningstar’s core priorities. The old kitchen has served us faithfully for many years, but we simply cannot continue to meet the community’s needs, safely, without these urgent improvements to bring the facility up to code.”
Proudly wearing their aprons, Richard Jacques and Larry Wilson—both volunteer cooks at Morningstar—kicked off the event by thanking all of the walkers and volunteers for their efforts and speaking first-hand to the impact this money will have on Morningstar’s capacity to continue to be a source of hope and help to some of Greater Napanee’s most vulnerable citizens.
CNOY is a family-friendly walk-a-thon, national in scope but local in impact. Residents in Napanee were joined by more than 23,000 people, nationwide, and the coast-to-coast effort raised nearly $5.8 million in support of charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in communities across Canada. With many donations and sponsorships still being counted, the event may still reach its $6 Million goal.
Donations to CNOY will continue to be accepted until March 31. Visit www.morningstarmission.ca for more information or to give online.