Sleep Out sends executives to the streets

Nov 15 2016, 3:16 am

Just because you’re the head honcho doesn’t mean you can’t spend a night on the streets.

Nearly 50 executives and other notable people will sleep outside for Covenant House’s Sleep Out. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, the participants will experience what it’s like to sleep on the street in the alley behind Covenant House’s Vancouver building.

Sleep Out is in its fifth year, and is meant to raise awareness for the plight of homeless youth and funds for Covenant House’s Crisis Program. Last year, the event raised $711,834 to provide shelter, food, clothing, and counselling to young people in need. This year, Covenant House hopes to raise $750,000.

Some of the participants in this year’s Sleep Out are well-known executives or media personalities:

  • Bob Lenarduzzi, president of the Vancouver WhiteCaps
  • Daryle Weibe, superintendent of the Vancouver Police Department
  • Don Coulter, president, CEO, and CFO of Coast Capital Savings
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe, contestant on The Bachelor and lead of The Bachelorette
  • Todd Talbot, co-host of Love It or List It Vancouver
  • Matt Stowe, director of culinary operations at Joseph Richard Group

More than 10 of the 49 participants in this year’s Sleep Out are returning from last year.


Sleep Out/Covenant House

The event will not only have participants experiencing what it’s like to sleep on the street, but will also introduce them to some of the youth who are staying at Covenant House. They will have a chance to talk to the youth about their experiences of Covenant House, and also answer questions about why they are participating in Sleep Out. At 6 am the next morning, the sleepers will reflect on their experience.

For more information on how to sponsor a Sleep Out participant, do a Sleep Out yourself, donate to Covenant House, or volunteer, visit Covenant House online or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Sleep Out: Executive Edition

When: November 17, 7 pm

Where: Covenant House, 575 Drake Street

Price: By donation

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