Run in support of youth at risk

Military officer Daryl Bonar has begun a run from Calgary to Edmonton in support of the Youth Emergency Shelter Society’s (YESS) ‘Homeless For A Night’ event.

Bonar, with the support of a diehard team volunteers, will stop in Morningside, Ponoka, Hobbema during the five-day run. They will camp overnight in Ponoka May 25.

The 400-kilometre trek will end in Edmonton on May 27 at the TELUS field where Bonar will participate in the YESS ‘Homeless For a Night’ event.

Bonar has long been an advocate for at risk youth and co-founded ‘Da Bomb Squad’ at risk youth leadership program.

“YESS is an organization that’s very close to my heart, with high risk youth being an issue I have always worked to raise awareness about,” said Bonar, “The inspirational stories of these kids and the little miracles that the staff of YESS do day in and day out will carry me through this 400 kilometre endeavor,”

Having grown up in Vancouver’s social housing himself, Bonar understands the issues that YESS clients face.

“The Youth Emergency Shelter Society is so pleased to have the support of Daryl Bonar,” said Deb Cautley, executive director of the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. “His desire to alleviate homelessness and bring awareness to the plight of at-risk youth is, of course, very near and dear to our hearts.”

“Not only will his run from Calgary to Edmonton in support of Homeless for a Night bring in much needed pledge dollars, but it also brings a great deal of awareness to what we hope will be a key event in Edmonton’s future.”

To donate to Bonar’s run or YESS Homeless for the Night, visit www.yess.org.