Walk-a-thon sets new record
Walkhome raised over $2,000 for the Kingston Youth Arts Cooperative (KYAC) during its most recent walk-a-thon.
“None of this could have happened without the staff’s dedication and positivity,” says Walkhome’s head manager Lorin Adams. “We selected KYAC as an organization to support because it is a fabulous group within Kingston that really does give back to the local community. They were really dedicated to ensuring the Walk-a-thon was a success."
Each term, Walkhome hosts a fundraiser walk-a-thon where $1 is donated to a local charity for each walk that is requested on a specific evening. This year, Walkhome finished the night with 523 walks, surpassing their previous record of 512 which was achieved last semester. Typically Walkhome staffs around 24 students each night but for this event, over 78 staff members volunteered their time.
KYAC, the charity selected to receive the funds raised, is an organization which helps support arts programs for youth in the Kingston community. Representatives from the organization attended including some youth to show their gratitude. A mini carnival was also created in the Lower John Deutsch University Centre where fresh popcorn and hot dogs were sold by donation.
Walkhome is a free, night-time safety service for students provided by the Alma Mater Society. A team of one male student and one female student will walk Queen’s community members from one point to another within Walkhome’s boundaries between dusk and 2 am.