This is a basic human right that so many of us take for granted.
For up to 40,000 Canadian youth a year, this is a basic human right that escapes them. And yes, I said YOUTH. People aged 13-24. These are kids I’m talking about.
Kids, 80% of whom report leaving home because of family conflict. Kids, 63% of whom report leaving home because of childhood trauma and abuse.
Many of these young Canadians enter into a cycle of homelessness which is extremely difficult to escape, and it is a problem that does not garner the attention it deserves across mainstream media, either because difficult to talk about, or because it’s something that many of us don’t come across in our day-to-day lives.
For the past four years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with the Queen’s Hockey Helps the Homeless committee in trying to combat this problem. Every year, we raise funds for the Kingston Youth Shelter in order to provide emergency relief and transition housing for homeless youth in the Kingston community. In aggregate, we've donated $225,000 to the KYS over the past 5 years, allowing them to take on more youth than ever and expand their support programs. This year, we want to make an even bigger impact.
While my house league glory days are behind me, I'm lacing up the skates again this year to raise money for an important cause, and I’m looking for support to help me reach my fundraising goal. I know many of us are tight-budgeted university students with limited disposable income, but if you can spare any small donation it would go a long way towards helping somebody get back on their feet.