At 10:00 pm on November 24th, 16 Moose Jaw men will go "Homeless for the House," raising money for the Moose Jaw Transition House and kicking off the White Ribbon Campaign.
The White Ribbon Campaign was started in 1991 in London Ontario, co-founded by the late Jack Layton in the wake of the Montreal Massacre that took the lives of 14 women. Every year men come together and wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination.
This year, 16 Moose Jaw men will take the campaign a step further and go homeless for a night, hoping to raise awareness of the importance of the Moose Jaw Transition House. From 10:00 pm on November 24th to 6:00 am on November 25th, a group of men including local business owners, city councillors, teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS and more will be sleeping outdoors.
The Moose Jaw people who will be going homeless to raise funds for the Transition House are:
Kevin Pilsworth - Moose Jaw Police
Geoff Anderson - Moose Jaw Co-op
Jared Mathieson - Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Joel Pinel - Vize Labs
Jamey Logan - City Councilor and Stricly Fences
Taylor Carlson - Moose Jaw Pride
Mark Gilliland - Metis Local and ACT Club
Paul Busse - Moose Jaw Firefighters
Kyle Sereda - Moose Jaw EMS
Scott Paquin - Kinsmen CLub and RBC
Adam Dowling - RBC
Dustin Swanson - Prairie South School Division
Kelvin Turberfield- Holy Trinity Catholic School Division
Ira Dales - Ifrix Solutions
John Iatridis - Mad Greek
Brett Williams - Cypress Paving
Each of the 16 people represents a day in the 16 days of activism. In addition to raising awareness, each of the men has also been challenged to raise $500 for the Transition House.
Jared Mathieson, board member of the Moose Jaw Transition House told us "There are over a hundred women and children that use the Transition House each year, they take over 250 crisis calls each year so it's a super important thing that Moose Jaw has"
The Moose Jaw Transition House is a charitable organization, and donations go directly into building up women and children in our community through programming, outreach and support in meeting basic needs.
If you'd like to make a donation you can do so on the Moose Jaw Transition House website.