Tim Leiweke sleeps out to raise awareness for homeless children

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Old 11-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 11-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow... I did not see this coming. A million respects to this guy!
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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
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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.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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calling someone insensitive then saying it was 'retarded' is a tad ironic.
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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.

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Old 11-22-2013, 08:58 AM   #16 (permalink)
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At least it's something -- even if it is a publicity stunt. MikeToronto, I don't see you doing shit.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #17 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:34 AM   #18 (permalink)
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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

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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.
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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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