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Students sleep outside to raise money for homeless

23 universities take part in national campaign to help fund youth shelters

Yesterday, business students at 23 universities across Canada began participating in Five Days for the Homeless, an annual event to raise money to support homeless youth. As part of the campaign, students will still attend classes but will spend their nights sleeping outside. They are not permitted to have cell phones, to shower, and can only eat food donated to them. At the University of Alberta, students are hoping to raise $25,000 for the local youth shelter. At Carleton, the goal is $15,000 and at the University of Regina students hope to raise $10,000. Since the campaign started seven years ago, approximately $520,000 has been raised, with a goal of bringing that number to $750,000 by the end of this week.

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