We were honoured to host eighty-two women, from a range of backgrounds, who spent a night outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and generate more than $325,000 for our youth. Participants in our first-ever Sleep Out: Women Unite, equipped with only sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard, got a small glimpse of the hardships youth face on the street. Event committee member, Susan Kelly, was the top fundraiser, generating more than $13,800.
During the inspirational evening, our wonderful youth alumni shared their stories, and we also heard heartfelt speeches from Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and author Marnie Grundman who both also experienced homelessness as youth. The evening also included a tour of our programs and delicious food prepared by youth in our culinary arts program, Cooking for Life.
Our first Sleep Out: Women Unite built on our other hugely successful Sleep Out events, which together have raised about $5.4 million over the past five years.
“The success of this event is a testament to the power of women uniting together for a common cause,” says Josie do Rego, Covenant House development director. “We are so grateful for the participants who generated much needed funds for the agency in our plight to support homeless and trafficked youth and help give them a future.”
If you are interested in participating in Sleep Out: Women Unite on Fri., May 25, 2018, please visit http://www.covenanthousetoronto.ca/homeless-youth/Sleep-Out-Women-Unite for more info.