University of Calgary

Students sleeping rough to raise awareness and funds for homeless and at-risk youth

March 11, 2014

This week, students from the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business and Faculty of Arts are giving up the comforts of home, including showers, food and beds, to raise awareness and funds for Avenue 15, a non-profit organization that provides homeless and runaway youth aged 12-17 with temporary shelter and basic needs.

It is all part of a national campaign dubbed the 5 Days for the Homeless that will see students from 26 universities across the country sleeping rough from March 9 - 14.

Participating students must live their daily lives as normally as possible, including attending all classes and extra-curricular activities, while abiding by a strict set of guidelines.

Students will sleep outside on campus from 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9 until 5 p.m. Friday, March 14. Without an income for the duration of the campaign, they will rely solely on donations to get food, although any non-perishable food items will be donated. If they find themselves in a pinch, students may exchange their sleeping bags and pillows for an emergency meal.

Access to showers will remain off-limits and bathrooms can be used only when the buildings are open to the public.

Students will also avoid using electronics except for the computers in the library, which can be used to complete homework and to blog about their experiences.

Started in 2005, the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign has spread from coast to coast, and has raised more than $1.2 million for charitable organizations across the country. This is the second year that students from the University of Calgary have participated, and they hope to raise $10,000 for Avenue 15.


WHAT:     5 Days for the Homeless campaign to raise awareness and funds for
          homeless and at-risk youth                                        
                                                                            
WHEN:     8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                                                  
          Wednesday, March 13, 2014                                         
                                                                            
WHERE:    University C-train station                                        
          3101 Crowchild Trail NW                                           
          Media parking available in lots 21 and 25                         
                                                                            
WHO:      Haskayne School of Business and Faculty of Arts undergraduate     
          students                                                          

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