Over one million dollars was raised for homeless youth in Toronto during the days leading up to the November 19th Executive Sleep Out-a fundraising event in its fourth year. Organized by Covenant House Toronto, the event aims to raise money and awareness for homeless youth through sponsoring a participant by way of voluntary donation. Each participant is an executive or leader in their respective company, each with a fundraising goal to contribute to the collective effort.

Trisura’s President and CEO, Mike George, enthusiastically volunteered to spend a night on the streets with a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard-which Trisura employees “branded” with words of support and encouragement.

Mike is a repeat participant in this event, this being his third year sleeping out. Both Mike and the Toronto sleep-out group exceeded fundraising goals. At the time of this writing, Mike surpassed his 2014 total of $30,000 to over $36,000, and the group at large from $900,000 in 2014 to over $1,000,000.

After a mostly sleepless night, the executives emerged from their sleeping bags as the sun came up over the city skyline. They met together for a group breakfast, having experienced a small sample of the struggle that many less fortunate youth face on a nightly basis.

Left to right: Mike George, Rick Taylor (HUB HKMB), Ian Johnson (Great West Life)

Mike, Rick, and Ian later joined Adrian Davis and John Barclay of Southwestern group.

Covenant House is Canada’s largest homeless youth agency which not only provides food and shelter, but also offers education, counselling and health care for thousands of kids each year. Their successful re-integration program assists youth with employment assistance, job training and affordable housing so that homeless youth have the guidance and opportunity to leave the streets and begin new lives.

If you would like to support the Covenant House initiatives through Mike’s Sleep Out Page you can click here to read his story and make a donation.

To Learn more about the amazing difference that Covenant House makes, visit www.covenanthousetoronto.ca