On Thursday, November 16, Whitecaps FC legend and club ambassador Carl Valentine will participate in the Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition.
Sleep Out events are held annually 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, Valentine, along with team doctor Jim Bovard and his son Joshua Bovard, 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.
“In my visits to Covenant House Vancouver over the years, I have been touched by a number of kids I met who have been able to turn their lives around from a dire situation,” said Valentine. “I felt truly inspired by their stories and I am proud to participate in the Sleep Out this year to raise funds for this important cause.”
Fans who would like to support Carl Valentine’s Sleep Out campaign and Covenant House Vancouver can make a donation online.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are also hosting an online auction to support Valentine's Sleep Out campaign and raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver.
Auction items include memorabilia signed by Valentine, Whitecaps FC players, as well as the special opportunity to travel down to Seattle on Thursday, November 2 with Valentine to watch the 'Caps take on Seattle Sounders FC in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals at CenturyLink Field!
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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.