Markham teen raising money for homeless youth
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.