[Hpn] Scholars sleep, live outdoors this week in national project to assist homeles

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Concordia students take fundraising to the street
Scholars sleep, live outdoors this week in national project to assist =
homeless
ANNE SUTHERLAND, The Gazette
Published: 12 hours ago
Adam Gold is finally able to sleep on the street after some mostly =
restless nights.

"I guess it's sheer exhaustion," Gold said, rolling up his sleeping bag =
yesterday outside Concordia University's John Molson School of Business, =
at Guy St. and de maisonneuve Blvd.

"Night after night it gets easier," friend Brian Chungwing added.

Business school students Gold, Chungwing and Josh Redler have been =
sleeping and begging on the streets outside Concordia's downtown campus =
since Sunday night.

They are part of a Canada-wide initiative called Five Days for the =
Homeless: Students Supporting Youth at Risk, and all this week they are =
living and sleeping on the street.

They have to rely on the kindness of strangers and friends for their =
food. They're allowed to use the public washroom in Concordia buildings, =
but there's no bathing and no spending their own money.

Not taking a shower hasn't bothered them yet, but Chungwing might be =
breaking the rules by brushing his teeth.

"Hey, we're not going primate here," he said, laughing.

They have had some adventures. On Sunday night, the thin sleeping bags =
they initially had were no match for temperatures that dipped to minus =
12 C. Once they got thicker bags, things improved, though Gold said they =
were bundled up so tight they couldn't move.

"You hear footsteps and cars driving by and you can't move; it's a =
little scary," he said.

Then there was the matter of the tent. During the day, the three are at =
a tent pitched outside the Hall Building.

There, they have tables and provide information about the fundraising =
venture.

"Who knew if you didn't bolt a 10-by-10-foot tent down it could fly =
away?" Gold said.

"A gust of wind picked up the tent Tuesday, and threw it against the =
wall.

"It almost took out a couple of students," Chungwing added.

But with the bad comes the good. All three say the reception they have =
received from students and strangers has been warm.

And their den mother, Mona Senecal, has tirelessly promoted their cause =
from her office in the undergraduate department and bringing them food =
and comfort.

"Mona came by with warm face cloths this morning. It was like heaven," =
Chungwing said.

"Young people get a bad rap, and these kids are exceptional," Senecal =
said.

"My 15-year-old grandson is coming to sleep a night with them, and I =
hope he takes the experience back and shares it with his high school =
friends, who don't know what it is to be homeless."

Gold said the funds raised, destined for Dans la Rue, which helps kids =
on the street, are up to $8,000, and a lot of pledge forms circulating =
in the school have yet to be counted.

The students are to pack up their gear tomorrow and go home for a nice =
hot shower and a good night's sleep in their own beds.

"I miss my bed," Gold said.

asutherland@thegazette.canwest.com



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<P>"Night after night it gets easier," friend Brian Chungwing added.</P>
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<P>They have to rely on the kindness of strangers and friends for their =
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They're allowed to use the public washroom in Concordia buildings, but =
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no bathing and no spending their own money.</P>
<P>Not taking a shower hasn't bothered them yet, but Chungwing might be =
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the rules by brushing his teeth.</P>
<P>"Hey, we're not going primate here," he said, laughing.</P>
<P>They have had some adventures. On Sunday night, the thin sleeping =
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initially had were no match for temperatures that dipped to minus 12 C. =
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<P>Then there was the matter of the tent. During the day, the three are =
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<P>There, they have tables and provide information about the fundraising =

venture.</P>
<P>"Who knew if you didn't bolt a 10-by-10-foot tent down it could fly =
away?"=20
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<P>"A gust of wind picked up the tent Tuesday, and threw it against the=20
wall.</P>
<P>"It almost took out a couple of students," Chungwing added.</P>
<P>But with the bad comes the good. All three say the reception they =
have=20
received from students and strangers has been warm.</P>
<P>And their den mother, Mona Senecal, has tirelessly promoted their =
cause from=20
her office in the undergraduate department and bringing them food and=20
comfort.</P>
<P>"Mona came by with warm face cloths this morning. It was like =
heaven,"=20
Chungwing said.</P>
<P>"Young people get a bad rap, and these kids are exceptional," Senecal =

said.</P>
<P>"My 15-year-old grandson is coming to sleep a night with them, and I =
hope he=20
takes the experience back and shares it with his high school friends, =
who don't=20
know what it is to be homeless."</P>
<P>Gold said the funds raised, destined for Dans la Rue, which helps =
kids on the=20
street, are up to $8,000, and a lot of pledge forms circulating in the =
school=20
have yet to be counted.</P>
<P>The students are to pack up their gear tomorrow and go home for a =
nice hot=20
shower and a good night's sleep in their own beds.</P>
<P>"I miss my bed," Gold said.</P>
<P>asutherland@thegazette.canwest.com</P><BR></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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