The @5days_Vancouver campaign for homeless/at risk youth

York and Wellington
photo credit: Danielle Scott

I was alerted by Nathan Tippe to the 5 Days Vancouver campaign, the local branch of the national 5 Days campaign, created by students to raise awareness of the situation of homeless people and at-risk youth. I was more than happy to promote the cause (a) because it is a fundraiser and (b) because the local chapter is being organized by UBC students (and as you know, I teach at UBC).

I feel a bit embarrassed that I just started promoting it now, when the campaign started on March 14th, so I would really appreciate it if you took the time to maybe RT this post and consider donating to their worthy efforts. This is what the UBC students who are running 5 Days Vancouver (@5days_Vancouver on Twitter) are doing:

In March of 2010, a group of students at the University of British Columbia will sacrifice basic necessities in attempt to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in their communities. The event will see these students living without shelter and disposable income for five days, with all food and drink donated to them by passersby on campus. In addition, they will still complete their academic responsibilities and post their experiences on a daily blog.

The event was initiated by a group of students from the University of Alberta in 2005 and has now grown into a national event. Ten universities across Canada participated last year raising over $170,000 for youth at risk across the country, with the University of British Columbia successfully raising $15,000 in March of 2009.

This year, the money raised will go towards supporting Directions Youth Services Center. Directions is an integrated one-stop center that provides a wide range of social, cultural, education, housing, employment and life skills services to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24. To hear the stories of youth who use the center check out Check out the Campaign to see the full list of rules.

Related posts:

  1. 5 Days For The Homeless @5daysVancouver (March 11-16th, 2012)
  2. Take A Hike – Youth At Risk Foundation
  3. Bedouin Soundclash at Venue – Benefit Concert for Broadway Youth Resource Centre
  4. The @LetsFCancer campaign
  5. The No Meal Tax Campaign

Comments (2)

8 from googleMarch 16th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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Fabian RamirezMarch 25th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

What a great way for student to get involved and focus their attention on other people, especially homeless people. Students will always remember when they sacrifice something of worth to them to help those in need.

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