TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2013) - On Tuesday March 5th, hundreds of students from Grades 6-9 will walk the streets of Toronto to raise awareness about youth homelessness and to benefit the homeless and at-risk youth of Eva's Phoenix. Organized by the Floyd Honey Foundation, this 16.8 kilometer walk is the sixth annual Walk for Homeless Youth (formerly the Winter Walk).
"This is an opportunity not only to raise funds for homeless youth but also to sensitize young people who are at an impressionable age to the issue of homelessness . . . youth helping youth."
Mary Ann Archer, Chair, Floyd Honey Foundation
The walkers will gather at 8 am at Sterling Hall School (99 Cartwright Ave) just south of the 401, and walk to Eva's Phoenix (11 Ordnance St) in Liberty Village, arriving at 1 pm for a street BBQ with Eva's Youth. The students from private and independent Toronto schools hope to raise over $20,000. The proceeds of the walk will benefit youth programs at Eva's Phoenix, a transitional housing facility for 50 homeless youth.
Eva's Phoenix works with homeless and at-risk youth to help them find their way to a permanent life off the streets, though employment training and education programs. "We thank the Floyd Honey Foundation for encouraging students to learn more about youth homelessness, and the staff and students who actively participate to raise funds for this effort," says Linda Clemow, Director of Development at Eva's.
Eva's Initiatives provides safe shelter, training, counseling, and a wide range of innovative programs and services to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. Eva's operates three unique shelters - Place, Satellite & Phoenix - that house and feed 114 youth, aged 16-24, each and every night.