Volunteers raise money for homelessness

Rafe Arnott/metro vancouver

Volunteers gather at the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station yesterday to sell caps and toques to raise money to fight homelessness.


Warm your head and your heart.

This was the message of the volunteers of an end-homelessness campaign who braved yesterday’s wet and windy weather to sell toques and caps outside Burrard SkyTrain station.

Raising the Roof, in its ninth year in Vancouver, is a national campaign to raise money for grassroots end-homelessness societies.

In Vancouver and New Westminster, monies from toques sold at $10, and caps at $15, went to two local charities, Bladerunners and the Progressive Housing Society.

Garry Jovin, Vancouver Bladerunners program manager, which helps street youth secure entry-level construction jobs and support services, said they’d sold around 1,000 toques yesterday.

Brice Evans, Vancouver campaign manager, added this year’s event has received more support than ever before.

"It’s changed a lot over the years," he said. "People realize now (more than ever) homelessness is a big issue and they just really want to help."

Evans said some people paid for a toque then asked volunteers to donate it to someone on the street, which Evans said they would do at the end of the night.


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