For Immediate Release
February 18th, 2015
Mayor Crombie to Participate in United Way Longest Night
Mississauga – The Longest Night challenges Mississauga and all Peel residents to sleep in their cars overnight which will help put people in the shoes of those living in poverty in Mississauga and throughout Peel,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.
“I will be participating. I am raising money for this cause. I will be sleeping in my car overnight,” Crombie added.
On the night of Friday, February 27th, 2015 the United Way of Peel Region will host The Longest Night – an effort to increase awareness and raise funds to combat poverty and homelessness in Mississauga and throughout the Region of Peel.
“Unfortunately, there are a number of people who call their cars, home,” Crombie said. “This is the face of homelessness,” Crombie added.
“I am inviting all Members of Council; their staff; and the Leadership Team to join me in participating in our own The Longest Night event at Celebration Square on the night of February 27.”
This is not a public event; however, residents are encouraged to participate in the driveways of their own homes. The United Way is asking everyone to please take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe night.
“I am delighted that Shelley White, President and CEO, at United Way of Peel Region, will participate with us.”
Shelley White added “United Way of Peel Region focuses on poverty – reducing it, preventing it and supporting those who are experiencing poverty right now. For those struggling to make ends meet, the threat of homelessness is very real and the reality is often hidden.”
“The need to create awareness and a system of support is essential. As a central point of mobilization for social change, the United Way is heartened to see community leaders coming together to make a difference on such a critical issue,” White added.
Crombie concluded, “I have always said Mississauga is a city that cares. Members of Council have seen firsthand the generous and thoughtful work residents; volunteers; and charitable organizations undertake in neighbourhoods throughout our community to improve the quality of life for those in need.
“The Longest Night is another opportunity for Mississaugans to show their compassion.”
The Longest Night was launched by the United Way of Peel Region and the community can access more info at http://www.unitedwaypeel.org/