Sleep Out sends executives to spend the night on Vancouver streets

Nov 17 2017, 3:05 am

Just because you’re the head honcho doesn’t mean you can’t sleep on the streets.

Such is the case for nearly 50 executives and other notable people will sleep outside for Covenant House’s Sleep Out in Vancouver tonight.

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 sixth year, and is meant to raise awareness for the plight of homeless youth and funds for Covenant House’s Crisis Program.

The goal of the event is to raise $750,000 for Covenant House’s crisis program that provides food, shelter, clothing and counselling to 59 young people each night

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

  • Kaitlyn Herbst, Traffic Anchor, Global News Morning
  • Todd Talbot, TV Personality, Love it or List it Vancouver
  • Chef Matt Stowe, Director of Culinary Operations at Joseph Richard Group
  • Riaz Meghji, Host, Breakfast Television
  • Superintendent Marcie Flamand, Vancouver Police Department
  • Simi Heer, Director, Public Affairs, Vancouver Police Department
  • Carl Valentine, Club Ambassador, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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.

Sleep Out: Executive Edition

When: November 16, 7 pm

Where: Covenant House, 575 Drake Street

Price: By donation

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