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Sleepout raises awareness for Oscar’s Place


The sleepout for Oscar’s Place was held on Friday night into Saturday morning and it went off well.
A dozen people took part in the sleepout, which was done with the mutual benefit of raising money and awareness for the homeless shelter. Those who participated were allowed to use cardboard boxes to sleep in during their stay from 9:00 p.m. on Friday until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday in Devon Park.
According to one of the organizers, Olivia McCorriston, the exact amount raised hasn’t been finalized as participants are still collecting donations until October 14th. One of the participants, Pamela Norman, raised $854 by Friday evening, showing there was support for the cause.
Another participant, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin, received a donation on site at the sleepout shortly after it first started, as people from the community came down to check on the volunteers.
The sleepout was one of several initiatives being done by the group Stand Up for Oscar’s Place (SUOP), a community driven organization that is focused on taking over the services for the homeless people of The Pas and area following the announcement last month The Pas Friendship Centre was no longer keeping the homeless shelter open. SUOP has held several fundraisers, including a concert and an auction to raise funds in an effort to not only keep the shelter open but also extend the hours to 24-hours a day.
There is also plans to hold another sleepout either later this year or early in 2018 to get more of the effects of the winter weather.
Those who took part in the outdoor sleepout also included other representatives from local political organizations such OCN Vice-Chief Jennifer Flett and Town of The Pas councilor Chad Zolinski.

Trent Allen