University students across Canada are spending the week outdoors to support at-risk youth.
Five Days for the Homeless is a national initiative that raises money for a number of non-profits.
Six students at the University of Manitoba are participating in the initiative and there are a number of strict rules to follow.
“All we were allowed to bring were the clothes that we had on us and winter jackets if we wanted to, a sleeping bag and a pillow,” explains student Zach LeClerc. “Anything else that’s been given to us has been donated.”
That also means no income, no social media, no showering, and eating only perishable food that has been donated. Any non-perishable items are donated to the non-profits. Regardless of the temperature, the only escape the students get is going to class.
“We’ve scavenged a lot of dumpsters around campus, found some pallets to keep off the wetter ground and some tarps around,” LeClerc says. “No tents, no properly designed weather blockers.”
The initiative started Sunday and runs through Friday, and the U of M is outpacing every other school in Canada in terms of its fundraising goal: they have raised over $15,000 of their $25,000 goal, and their contribution makes up 29 per cent of the entire total raised by the 19 participating universities.
If you want to donate to the cause, you can visit 5days.ca.