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5D4H UBC: Elodie’s Day 1 Reflections

Night 1, Hour 1; Looking Good! // photo: Colin Lam

March 13. 9:50 PM – My first night went well despite the freezing cold. The day before, we collected cardboard from a dumpster to use as a base under our sleeping bags. I wore 5 layers of tops/sweaters + had a blanket, but still didn’t feel warm enough and woke up every few hours. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the homeless people who have to go through this every night. Despite the lack of sleep, I woke up around 7am but was surprisingly in a good mood (I’m not a morning person).

The weather was not great, and the students were rushing to class in the morning, making it hard for us to approach them without getting rejected, but by the end of the day we had a lot of positive responses and donations. Some people were so sweet and encouraging, which makes me even happier to be part of this campaign. The Breakfast Television even heard about 5 Days For The Homeless and came to interview and film some of the participants. I’ve met most of the participants and execs for the first time yesterday, but everyone is getting along really well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week!

It’s only in my afternoon class that I felt a wave of fatigue, but hopefully that will make me fall asleep more easily tonight. I’m also realizing how lucky I am to be surrounded by amazing friends who provided me with so much support (and food<3) and kept asking what else should they bring for me. Unfortunately, this is a privilege that no homeless ever gets. Today’s shootout goes to Tanya, Vincent and my AOII sisters (Becky and Katherine)!

Mattresses // photo: Colin Lam



photo: Christina Lam
Getting to know each other // photo: Christina Lam