Sunday, March 11

Homeless on campus

For five days, five resilient students from the University of Manitoba will be living "homeless" on campus.

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Kate Armstrong, Maria Gluskin, Sam Holloway, Jaysa Nachtigall and Jill Stevens have all volunteered to participate in this fundraising campaign to promote awareness for the issue of homelessness in Winnipeg.  All the proceeds collected will be donated to Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), a non-profit organization helping homeless youth up to the age of 29.

According to the campaign rules, the students must stay on campus without any income, food or drink.  Nourishment can only be received through direct donations.  They can only have a pillow and a sleeping bag to keep them comfortable at night, where they will sleep outdoors.  They will have no access to showers for the duration of the campaign.  And through all this, they must still attend regular classes.

The students will be living on campus from March 11 to 16.  The itinerary of events can be viewed here.

Five Days for the Homeless started out at the University of Alberta's School of Business in 2005.  After a few successful years of raising funds and gaining awareness, the campaign went national, with 22 campuses participating in the event.  So far, the organization has raised over $750,000 towards bettering the lives of people living on the streets.

Participating universities include the University of Alberta, Queen's University, University of Waterloo, Concordia University and McGill University.

"I'm not okay with being homeless, are you?"
Kate Armstrong

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