Friday, October 31, 2014

Students Sleep in Cardboard Shantytown


To gain greater understanding of the plight of the homeless and to raise money for an upcoming urban mission trip, 25 CUC students spent Friday night, October 24, sleeping outdoors in cardboard boxes set up in the skating rink behind the PE Centre.  The event has already raised $1300 with more pledges still being turned in.

udents solicited pledges from family and friends for each hour they were able to endure "living" in their cardboard homes.  The basic recommended pledge was $3 per hour (for a maximum of 12 hours).  Donors were encouraged to add $1 an hour if the temperature fell below 0 Celsius and another $1 an hour if it snowed.  Several Lacombe businesses joined individual sponsors to support this event.

The money raised will help send a group of students on an Urban Mission Trip to East Hastings, Vancouver, November 6-9.  Students will be working with several local organisations to serve the homeless community.

While CUC students were singing by their cardboard shelters Friday evening a group of cyclists from Peru, who were looking for a bar in which to spend the evening, stopped to listen.  They ended up spending the next two hours fellowshipping with the campus group!

After enduring 12 hours in the cold, the event ended with students enjoying a "soup kitchen" style breakfast in the Hideout on Sabbath morning.