Five Days for the Homeless Tops Expectations

By Everett Dorma Posted: March 27, 2018 12:50 p.m.

(L-R) Students Delanie Wall, Rebecca Perigny, Mason Fedec, Ally Jackson, and Brittany Boczulak with a huge cheque for Carmichael Outreach.
(L-R) Students Delanie Wall, Rebecca Perigny, Mason Fedec, Ally Jackson, and Brittany Boczulak with a huge cheque for Carmichael Outreach. Photo courtesy Hill Business Students' Society.

This year’s Five Days for the Homeless campaign exceeded expectations and raised a record setting $53,514.07 shattering the goal of $50,000. All of the money raised goes to Carmichael Outreach, a non-profit agency providing emergency services and long-term supports with a goal to ending poverty and homelessness in Regina.

“I was expecting the week would be pretty tough going without cell phones and other technology, no showers or shelter, and relying on donations for food; but what really surprised me was how great the people in this city were to us,” said Jordan Frederickson, a fourth year social work student. “The support for this cause, from the Hill Business student organizers who have been working on this for months, to the students helping us collect donations, to those that gave funds or who just came outside to spend time talking with us and keeping us company, was really incredible.”

U of R students get ready to brave a cold night outside the Riddell Centre.

(L-R) Natasha Labar, Nicole Tryhorn, Logan Gelowitz, Isaac Lubiak, and Jordan Fredrickson get ready to brave a cold night outside the Riddell Centre.

“I decided to participate in this year’s campaign as I really want to make a difference in the community but as a student I don’t have much to give other than my time,” says Nicole Tryhorn, who is in her final year of business administration at the Hill School. “I think homelessness is a very important issue that doesn’t get as much attention as it should and I’m proud that we were not only able to raise this incredible amount of money but also bring awareness to this issue.”

“On Friday, our last day we got quite a bit of snow but we really didn’t care too much about it as we knew we were done and we didn’t have to try to keep our things dry as we would be sleeping inside that night,” said Frederickson. “That really hit home for me, that while we were raising awareness and collecting donations, we really couldn’t experience emotionally the loneliness and fear that it must be like to be truly homeless.” 

This is the third year in a row the Hill Business Students’ Society has raised the most funds of any of the 19 University’s across the country who participate in the event. Last year the students raised more than $51,000 and more than $37,000 was raised the year before.  Over the last 9 years, students have raised more than $278,000 for Carmichael Outreach.

As part of the campaign five student volunteers spent the week of March 18 – 23 outside except to attend classes. A typical day started at 7:00 am when the students would gather outside the Riddell Centre to collect donations and raise awareness about poverty and homelessness. At 11:00 p.m. they would go to sleep in sleeping bags in front of the Riddell Centre.

“I really appreciated having the four other students with me this week and having their support as I don’t think I could have done this on my own,” said Nicole. “All five of us also really want to say thank you to everyone contributed or supported us in any way.” 

Five Days for the Homeless aims to generate awareness about homelessness, raise funds for local charities around the country and build the image of business students. During this event, student participants experience homelessness for five days in early March.

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