SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

March 09, 2015 12:40 ET

Students participate in national 5 Days for the Homeless campaign

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 09, 2015) - Ten University of Calgary students are living outside of their comforts -- literally -- for five days to raise awareness and funds for Avenue 15, a non-profit organization supporting homeless youth. As part of the national campaign, 5 days for the Homeless, the students began sleeping outside on Sunday, March 8. They are required to sleep rough for the duration and rely solely on donations for food. Showers are off-limits, and bathrooms can only be used when the buildings are open to the public. Participating students must also continue to attend their classes and extra-curricular activities.

To date, universities across Canada have raised a total of $1.2 million since 2005. This is the third year that students from the University of Calgary have participated. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Avenue 15. Last year, they raised $5,500.

WHAT: 5 Days for the Homeless, a national campaign to raise awareness and funds for homeless and at-risk youth
WHEN: Sunday, March 8 at 5 p.m. - Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Students' Sleeping Location
In-between MacEwan Student Centre and Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary
WHO: Ten Haskayne School of Business and Faculty of Arts and Science undergraduate students 

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact 
    Kelli Ireland
    Communications Advisor, Haskayne School of Business
    Work: 403.220.8160
    Cell: 403.797.0902
    kelli.ireland@ucalgary.ca