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December 8, 1998
Catholic students drive campaign for homeless people
  
For the second year in a row, students from Catholic Secondary Schools will be
out soliciting tickets, tokens or cash in TTC stations from December 9 to
December 11 during the morning and evening rush hours. The money raised will go
to the Ticket to Ride Campaign to provide additional transportation money to
people without homes. Once the campaign is completed, Loomis Armoured Car
Service Ltd. will pick up donations from the schools.

The tickets and funds collected will be distributed to agencies serving
homeless people across Toronto. This distribution will be completed by the end
of December 1998.

This year, the Toronto Catholic District School Board introduced a unit on
homelessness in its grade 12 Religion/Family Studies classes. Many grade 12
students have studied the problem of homelessness, and now they are going to be
part of the solution by raising additional transportation money for homeless
people. Toronto Councillor and TTC Commissioner David Miller, who chaired the
program's launch at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts says, "I think it's
critical that students study the issue of homelessness. And when you combine a
curriculum that explores that issue with Ticket to Ride, which gives students a
chance to help make a positive change in a homeless person's circumstances,
that's how true learning happens."

A 1997 study entitled On the Move states the importance of
transportation money for homeless people. It says that transportation money
allows homeless people to stay in touch with their supports. A ticket or a
token will enable a homeless person to make a trip to a doctor, a shelter, an
Out of the Cold program or to visit a friend or family member in their old
community.


Media Contact
Jane Scarffe
(416) 397-5286

Frank Kewin
T.C.D.S.B. Religious Education Department
(416) 222-8282 ext. 6568

 

 

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