Five days of homelessness

Five Days for the Homeless is an annual Canada-wide initiative which first began in Alberta and is held on University campuses across the country. Brock is hosting their very own event that is taking place during the week of March 10 to 15.
There will be approximately 10 students sleeping outside of Taro Hall for the whole week in attempts to raise awareness about homelessness in the Niagara Region, as well as to raise funds for Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, an outstanding organization which provides assistance to many families and at-risk youth.
The student sleepers are still required to attend their regular classes, but are to be outside at all other times, and they are not permitted to leave campus.
The Business Students Association (BSA) will be providing the sleepers with the necessary amount of food they will need in order to make it through the week without facing health risks, though friends as well as people passing by are encouraged to provide the sleepers with warm beverages or snacks.
The week long event kicked off with a benefit concert which was held on March 11, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Isaac’s Bar and Grill. The concert had a five dollar admission fee and featured four local bands; The Caroaxe, Oak and Elm, The Lost Cord and Fate and Fortune. Some members of these bands are Brock graduates while others are current students.
All of the proceeds will go towards the organization Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold.
“One third of the organization’s clients are children, though all clients are individuals who need assistance in getting their life back on track. As students and individuals of the Niagara Region, it’s important to support the community and the members within,” said Matthew Leslie, Charity Coordinator of the BSA.
Community Care assists an average of 1,300 children within 1,700 households per month in St. Catharines and Thorold area. There are said to be an average of 70 new clients per month and this number is on the rise. Food is distributed on a bi-monthly basis or six times per year. However, no request is denied and emergency bags are provided as needed. They are currently distributing approximately 4,000 pounds of food per day, five days a week.
This is a campaign with a great cause, but they are always in need of generous donations and assistance, as this would not be possible without the amazing support from the community. Food and monetary donations can be made all week on campus and can be dropped off to the sleepers. Other donations are always accepted and can be arranged through Community Care.
Five Days for the Homeless has been kindly hosted by the BSA who aims to reach an exceptional goal of raising $5,000. Help them to do so by stopping outside Taro Hall this week and making a donation. 

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