Last week 39 local executives braved the cold and rain to sleep outside to raise donations and awareness for Vancouver’s Covenant House Crisis Program. By morning, the sleepers had raised $385,374 through private donations and sponsorships.
The group included the Vancouver Whitecaps President, Bob Lenarduzzi, BC Lions President and CEO, Dennis Skulsky and many others local execs and media personalities.
Most of the participants slept on simple cardboard sleeping mats, using only their sleeping bag as shelter. Luckily for the participants, the temperatures remained above freezing, but the rain made it an uncomfortable experience, to say the least.
The brave sleepers were treated to sit-down dinner by the Covenant House staff before their ordeal. After the meal they participated in a roundtable discussion with some of the youth who were living at the facility. The youth shared their personal experiences about sleeping outside and provided tips for the execs.
The Vancouver event was part of a larger demonstration that took place in cities across North America, all in the pursuit of getting young people off the street and indoors.