There are over a thousand homeless youth in Canada’s capital every day of the year, even when our winter weather drops below 30 degrees celsius.
This is why Youth Services Bureau started “SleepOUT For Youth” every year, people gather outside City Hall, pitch tents and prepare for a long, cold night. After the opening ceremonies, the night takes off with a hot meal, music, activities and socializing.
For the past three years, Sacred Heart High School has had a committed team of students who fundraise during the fall months and then all gather on a bus and head to city hall to sleep out.
This year on December 1, much like the past three we will have an amazing group of students take a bus, this time to TD Place. We will set up our tents and take part in the night’s events while realizing how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads at home.
Our fundraising goal is $5,000. This would get five youth off the street, fed and clothed for a year. After one week we already raised $775 and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Any Sacred Heart students are welcome to come find out more information and sign up!
Participation in the SleepOUT can also help students meet their mandatory 40 hours of community volunteer work. For all student participants, 12 volunteer hours are offered for their participation.
If you have any questions or would like to find out how you can support this great, local cause, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shayna Douglas is a student representative for Sacred Heart’s SleepOUT 2016 event.