March 18, 2015
From March 8 to 13, 12 HEC Montréal students took part in the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign and raised close to $2,000 for Dans la rue and Chez Doris. They are Marie Carbonnel, Ophélie Chambily, Maureen Dulac, Arianne Dupuis, Renée Flipot, Jeanne Fournier, Diane Gabla, Ludivine Joly, Bastien Meucci, Camille Montbarbon, Romain Pourchon and Joaquim Puig.
The students took on the challenge of living the homeless life on the HEC Montréal campus for five days, as a way of raising funds to support homeless youth in Montreal. They were allowed to eat only donated food, had just a pillow and a sleeping bag, had to avoid any form of electronic personal communication (cell phones and computers) and, of course, had to sleep outdoors. They had no access to showers, but were still expected to attend their classes and complete their assignments.
Launched in 2005 by the University of Alberta’s School of Business, the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign went national in 2008. In 2015, 26 Canadian universities took part. Over the years the campaign has raised more than $1.2 million in donations for charities across Canada. The HEC Montréal student association (AEHEC) was participating for the eighth straight year. There’s still time to make an online donation to support their efforts, at http://www.gofundme.com/odeu9o.
Renée Flipot, Diane Gabla, Bastien Meucci, Camille Montbarbon and Jeanne Fournier.