On Thursday, November 17, Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi and his son Ryan will participate in the Covenant House Sleep Out for the fifth consecutive year.
Sleep Out is annually held in major cities across North America to raise awareness and funds for youth homelessness and Covenant House. Over 40 local executives, leaders and public figures will participate in the Vancouver Sleep Out event.
Supplied with just a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, Bob and Ryan will sleep outside on the streets of Vancouver to show their support for homeless and at-risk youth. All funds raised will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program, which gets young people off the streets and helps them begin new lives.
“One night is nothing compared to the daily reality that these youth face,” said Lenarduzzi. “Sleep Out helps raise awareness and funds that are essential to improving the lives of homeless youth in Vancouver. Ryan and I are proud to participate in the Sleep Out each year and fundraise for this important cause.”
If you would like to support Bob and Ryan’s Sleep Out campaign, you can make a donation here:
On any given night, there are between 500 and 1,000 homeless and at-risk youth on Vancouver's streets. Covenant House Vancouver exists for those young people who have fled abusive homes, were abandoned or have aged out of the foster care system with no family, no money and nowhere to go.
Covenant House provides shelter, food, clothing and counseling to over 1,400 youth each year. The 54 beds in the Crisis Program shelter homeless, runaway or at-risk youth aged 16-24 and provide them with access to trained staff and volunteers to get them the help that they need.
You can learn more about Covenant House Vancouver here.