Long Long Night of Hope

 Long Long Night of Hope

The Long, Long Night of Hope 2017, a fundraiser campaign to support the homeless of our community, is now in full swing!  We only have a couple of participants signed up so far, but in just a few days they have already raised almost $800!  Our overall goal is to raise $10,000, to be donated to The Lookout Emergency Aid Society of North Vancouver.  

We are looking for your help, your participation and your promotion!  Please, spread the word and encourage your warriors of social justice to join us on our journey!  We need more participants, and we would love to have participants from other churches, from businesses and municipal government.

The Long, Long Night of Hope 2017 starts with fundraising: we are using an online peer-to-peer fundraiser where individuals create their own page, set their own personal goal (recommended is $500, but you can set any number you want) and explain why they are taking part.  They then share that page through social media and email, getting friends and family, co-workers and acquaintances to contribute whatever they can, engaging the community in their fundraising.  Like the story of Stone Soup, one person can do very little but when each person does their very little, it becomes a whole lot!!!  

The fundraiser campaign culminates with The Long, Long Night of Hope 2017, on Saturday, February 25th 2017.  That night, participants will come to St. John's Anglican Church in North Vancouver for a sleepover of another kind.  Like one-third of the homeless population in the Greater Vancouver area, those individuals will sleep in their cars ... in the dead of winter ... on the street.  Others have opted to sleep on the hard wooden pews in the sanctuary, just like many individuals do downtown when the weather becomes fierce.  This way, they will have just a tiny taste of what it is like to be homeless, and they can share that experience via social media to build awareness and compassion.

The Long, Long Night of Hope 2017 will end with a special service that celebrates hope and community service.     The link to our fundraiser site is below.  Anyone who wants to participate can register there - a $30 registration fee is charged to offset the costs of online fundraising, so every dollar raised goes to The Lookout Emergency Aid Society of North Vancouver.  Once registered, they can create their personal fundraising page, and there are links there to directly share to email, Facebook, Twitter and more.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at longlongnightofhope@gmail.com.   

Thank you!   Donna, on behalf of The Long, Long Night of Hope St. John's Anglican Church, North Vancouver  

http://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-parish-of-st-john-the-evangelist-north-vancouver/the-long-long-night-of-hope-2017 Eleanor Rogers MA, MATS, RCC Parish Administrator St. John Anglican Church 604-986-1151 stjohnnv@telus.net

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