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Laurier students brave cold in support of youth shelters

Last Updated Mar 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm EDT

Photo Courtesy - Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky via Twitter (@DaveJaworsky)


A group of five Wilfrid Laurier University students is sleeping out in the cold for the next five nights.

The annual campaign, part of the “5 Days for the Homeless” initiative, supports youth at risk.

This year’s participants are Brandon Scarff, a fourth-year BBA student; Justin McKenzie, a first-year BBA student; Lucas Culliton, a fourth-year communications studies student; Britt Kafka, a fourth-year kinesiology student; and Tori Freeman, a fourth-year BBA student.

“I want to be able to do anything I can to advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves,” says Victoria Freeman.

“I see it as really important to youth who are at risk, and youth experiencing homelessness, because it can be really difficult for them to advocate for themselves,” adds Brittany Kafka.

The participants also say they’re impressed with the support and generosity of their campus.

“Two students Friday night, around 11 pm, from one of the residences brought us hot chocolate, which was pretty great,” says Brandon Scarff.

The students are raising funds for two local shelters, Argus Residence and ONERoof, and have set a target of $15,000.

They wrap up their campaign on Wednesday, March 15.