On September 23, we are hosting the 3rd annual Siloam Sleepout ― a continuation of the former CEO Sleepout. Hopeful that case numbers will improve as the vaccine rollout continues, we are planning for an in-person outdoor event on Siloam’s property.
The Sleepout will bring together participants to spend the night outside, learning about some of the challenges and realities faced by those experiencing homelessness. Starting with a Blanket Exercise, we will place today’s injustices in their historical context ― one of colonization, residential schools, and continued systemic racism.
After last year’s successful virtual event raised $26,000 and provided crucial funding for Siloam’s core services and programs, our goal this year is to raise $40,000 to support our newly expanded services, including new shelter beds and programs to help people transition out of homelessness.
Contrary to the event name, we have a lot more planned than just catching some ZZZs. The Siloam Sleepout will run from the evening of Thursday, September 23rd to the morning of the 24th, and will include a variety of in-person experiences including a Blanket Exercise, a panel discussion of lived experience and subject matter experts, and tours of both Siloam and the neighbourhood.
For the first time, Siloam is also inviting schools to participate by hosting their own satellite events. These will take place at the schools and be led by teachers, connecting virtually for education opportunities and participating via livestream with the panel. Students will be challenged to fundraise as a team, and can register as such.
Registration for the event ― for both individuals and school teams ― is now open. If you have any questions about the event or the registration process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up now and begin fundraising today!