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Teams camp out under cardboard to support homeless youth – New Brunswick

Young folks got here collectively to support an area homeless shelter for at-danger youth on the Twelve Hours for the Homeless fundraiser on the garden of the New Brunswick Legislature Assembly Building on Saturday evening.

Over 100 members took half within the occasion, by elevating cash and constructing shelters out of cardboard to sleep in in a single day.

“It’s our annual fundraiser for Youth in Transition Chrysalis House,” defined Executive Director Julie Gallant Daigle. “This event helps us raise awareness around youth homelessness and also helps us raise much-needed funds for the house to keep Chrysalis House up and running.”

The occasion, which has been held most years because the early ’90s, is one which organizers say advantages extra than simply native homeless youth, as those that aren’t in danger study a precious lesson by collaborating.

“While this is a fundraiser, it’s also an awareness of homelessness in our community, particularly youth homelessness,” defined Youth Support Supervisor Sarah Caissie. “We do it this time of year on purpose because we do have to deal with the weather sometimes and contend with the elements.”

“It’s not just a big camp out,” she stated. “It gives people a little taste of what those people sleeping on the streets have to deal with.”

“We’ve had rain, we’ve had flurries, it’s been warm, it’s been frosty,” stated Gallant Daigle.

Fredericton South MLA David Coon participated within the occasion saying the work being carried out at Chrysalis House is commendable and extra youth shelters prefer it are wanted elsewhere within the province.

“That’s something that I can continue to push for inside the legislature walls,” he stated. “Tonight I’m outside the legislature walls joining all these folks from Fredericton to support Youth in Transition.”

This 12 months’s version of Twelve Hours for the Homeless raised roughly $17,500.

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