Sleep Out Challenge to benefit Champion’s Centre

Living in the rich part of the world where materialism has become a part of the western culture it may be difficult to believe that there are men and women in Ponoka and Alberta who do not have a decent place to live.

Living in the rich part of the world where materialism has become a part of the western culture it may be difficult to believe that there are men and women in Ponoka and Alberta who do not have a decent place to live.

The Champion’s Centre in Ponoka recognizes the needs of men faced with difficulties and challenges in life and helps provide individuals with care and a place to live.

On Oct. 3 the community has an opportunity to experience the feeling of homelessness and help raise funds for the Champion’s Centre. The Champion’s Centre is hosting its first Sleep Out Challenge in Ponoka and all who want to come together for a time of fellowship and a good cause are welcome.

Rob McArthur, pastor of Word of Life Church and one of the organizers of the event, is encouraging the community to become involved with the event and raise funds for a worthy and deserving cause.

“It’s a great opportunity, it’s something simple and effective,” said McArthur. “I thought the idea was awesome. The opportunity to get involved and do something about it is right at our front door.”

The event will take place at the grounds of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Bowker Funeral Home and the evening will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 7 a.m. the following morning. Those who attend are allowed to bring sleeping bags, blankets, etc. but will only be allowed a cardboard box for their shelter which will be provided by the Champion’s Centre.

The church hall will remain open throughout the night for hot drinks, shelter and washrooms, the next morning a hot breakfast will be served.

The Champion’s Centre Inc is an organization with its focus on serving the needs of individuals who require help with living on their own. The individuals of the centre have a supportive room and board setting and are assisted in various areas of life.

For more information contact Jeff Hangar, chair of the Champion’s Centre Local Advisory Board at 403-783-6708 or McArthur at 403-783-5659.