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0nekhmer 11-21-2013 04:28 PM

Tim Leiweke sleeps out to raise awareness for homeless children
 
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A sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard.

That’s all the comfort Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke will be afforded as he joins 73 corporate and community leaders braving sub-zero temperatures at the Covenant House Executive Sleep Out, Thursday night in downtown Toronto.

The event supports $20 million in programs to provide shelter, food, education and support to the estimated 3,000 youths without shelter who turn to Covenant House every year.

For Leiweke the event holds a special relevance. He was 12-years-old when his mother’s death from cancer jolted a middle-class family that included five other siblings. About half of homeless kids come from middle or upper-middle income families.

“If not for the health of my father we probably would have been in a situation like the one these kids find themselves in,” he said. “So what I understand is all of us are very lucky to have a roof over our head, families around us who are there to support us in times of need and a system for people who, through no fault of their own, need our help.”
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"We get to show up with layered clothing and nice coats and nice sleeping bags but that really doesn’t give us the experience of what it’s like to be in a young homeless person’s shoes,” Leiweke said.

“What hopefully we are doing tonight is creating some awareness, raising some money and emphasizing that the people who have to use this service, whether it be because of health, abuse or economics do so because of circumstances they did not choose.”
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Tim's a great man, much respect!

Kriz 11-21-2013 05:48 PM

Wow... I did not see this coming. A million respects to this guy!

MikeToronto 11-21-2013 10:09 PM

It's a publicity stunt. Raising money for the homeless is great, raising money for the programs that'd help these people get on their feet is even better. CEOs sleeping on the street in alpine sleeping bags and thermal underwear that'd allow one to comfortably sleep on the summit of Mt. Everest is a publicity stunt.

tyguy94 11-21-2013 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeToronto (Post 833328)
It's a publicity stunt. Raising money for the homeless is great, raising money for the programs that'd help these people get on their feet is even better. CEOs sleeping on the street in alpine sleeping bags and thermal underwear that'd allow one to comfortably sleep on the summit of Mt. Everest is a publicity stunt.

That's such a rude thing to say dude, he doesn't need to be out there at all you know.

Alex 11-21-2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeToronto (Post 833328)
It's a publicity stunt. Raising money for the homeless is great, raising money for the programs that'd help these people get on their feet is even better. CEOs sleeping on the street in alpine sleeping bags and thermal underwear that'd allow one to comfortably sleep on the summit of Mt. Everest is a publicity stunt.

So you would prefer him not to do it then?

MikeToronto 11-21-2013 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex (Post 833340)
So you would prefer him not to do it then?

Yep. I'd prefer him and others to work on funding a program that'd deal with the causes of youth homelessness and the ways of getting the homeless off the streets and into affordable housing with the means to support themselves. CEOs sleeping on the streets won't help with that.

rapsmannn 11-22-2013 04:06 AM

good on him for doing it, I know I wouldn't do it to be truthful,

still not a fan though, I'm just glad he hired Masai and is getting out of the way

ZanTheMan 11-22-2013 05:32 AM

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Originally Posted by MikeToronto (Post 833328)
It's a publicity stunt. Raising money for the homeless is great, raising money for the programs that'd help these people get on their feet is even better. CEOs sleeping on the street in alpine sleeping bags and thermal underwear that'd allow one to comfortably sleep on the summit of Mt. Everest is a publicity stunt.

You took the words right out of my mouth! It's nothing more than a publicity stunt, and almost insulting to real homeless people that have no warm and comfy kingsize bed to return to once "the experiment" is over.

Just because it's charity doesn't mean you can't be critical about it. It's great he's raising awareness for the homeless but how he does it is imho a little insensitive not to say retarded.

tyguy94 11-22-2013 06:23 AM

I can't believe you guys are going to bash him for it. He seriously didn't need to do it at all, big whoop if he had a sleeping bag.

ZanTheMan 11-22-2013 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by tyguy94 (Post 833374)
I can't believe you guys are going to bash him for it. He seriously didn't need to do it at all, big whoop if he had a sleeping bag.

Ask your nearest homeless person if having thermal underwear and a sleeping bag is a big whoop, I'm pretty sure it would be a luxury for him/her.

LX 11-22-2013 06:44 AM

Um, i think he said it was a publicity stunt to raise awareness as well as money, which is a hell of a lot better than just looking the other way.

ZanTheMan 11-22-2013 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by LX (Post 833376)
Um, i think he said it was a publicity stunt to raise awareness as well as money, which is a hell of a lot better than just looking the other way.

True but there are a lot of options inbetween looking away and what Leiweke is doing. It's sad that he has to put on such an act in order to attract attention for the cause, but I guess that's the state of the world we live in today.

LX 11-22-2013 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by ZanTheMan (Post 833378)
True but there are a lot of options inbetween looking away and what Leiweke is doing. It's sad that he has to put on such an act in order to attract attention for the cause, but I guess that's the state of the world we live in today.

I think the state of the world is closer to finding some way for the one percent to monetize such a situation for themselves and their own enjoyment. Like the fake shanty towns that have satellite tv and all the amenities and serve sushi. Hell, i can think of a lot of better things he could do, including shaming Rogers and Bell, but i expect much less. Ultimately it is all of us that are failing to act. We could hold general strikes until our society is brought into some reasonable balance, but i don't see many of us willing to even consider that.

Wilst24 11-22-2013 08:06 AM

calling someone insensitive then saying it was 'retarded' is a tad ironic.

ZanTheMan 11-22-2013 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Wilst24 (Post 833382)
calling someone insensitive then saying it was 'retarded' is a tad ironic.

You're right I'm sorry about that. It's just that I feel so strongly about this and I don't even know why I should care.

Welcome to the board btw!!

Stonezz 11-22-2013 08:58 AM

At least it's something -- even if it is a publicity stunt. MikeToronto, I don't see you doing shit.

Torontosaurus 11-22-2013 10:18 AM

Kudos to him I say. He's a rich man, HE DOESN'T HAVE TO DO THIS! For those who say this is a publicity stunt - do the raptors gain from this? Not significantly. And it's a lot harder than it sounds.

creative1mm 11-22-2013 10:34 AM

cry criticise him at all.. why because he is rich, he didn't have to do anything..
but when your on tv, wealthy etc.. it causes a bigger awareness then just some average Joe doing it

Good Job TL

MikeToronto 11-22-2013 12:22 PM

I will give you something even more ridiculous - having a $1500 per plate dinner to benefit hungry people in Africa. Believe it or not, it has been done as well.

fancylad 11-22-2013 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by MikeToronto (Post 833409)
I will give you something even more ridiculous - having a $1500 per plate dinner to benefit hungry people in Africa. Believe it or not, it has been done as well.

how is that ridiculous? what does the method matter as long as the result is money towards a charity?


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