Markham teen rais­ing money for home­less youth

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS - — KK

For the past two years, Ai­dan Aird, a Grade 12 stu­dent at St. Brother An­dré Catholic High School in Markham, has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ini­tia­tive that asks teens to put them­selves in the shoes of home­less youth.

This year, on March 23, Aird will ven­ture out in the cold for a third time to help raise money for York Re­gion’s most vul­ner­a­ble, for an event started by 360°kids, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Rich­mond Hill, called 360°Ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is re­ally heart­break­ing to think that one of your class­mates could be go­ing through this ev­ery sin­gle day of the week.… That re­ally hit close to my heart, and I wanted to do some­thing to help them,” said Aird.

As co-chair of the event, Aird is work­ing hard to en­cour­age lo­cal teens to vol­un­teer and wit­ness first­hand what it is like to be a youth try­ing to get out of the cold and make it through the night.

“I have talked to quite a few dif­fer­ent schools. and we’re al­ready hav­ing youth start­ing to regis­ter.… I know our tar­get goal is to get 30 youth to par­tic­i­pate.”

Aird, along with his younger sis­ter Kee­ley, have started rais­ing money for this year’s event. They have raised over $2,000. The event’s tar­get goal is $20,000.

Ai­dan Aird

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