#LongestNightPeel Champions: Giving is an Instinct for Roger Ramchatesingh
It’s that time of year again – on Friday, February 9, 2018, hundreds of change-makers in Peel Region will be sleeping in their cars.
More than 230,000 people in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga are struggling to afford basic needs like food, housing, and transportation. And too many people in our community end up having to call their car their home. #LongestNightPeel invites everyone in our community to sleep in their cars to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty and homelessness in Peel Region.
Anyone can participate in #LongestNightPeel! However, a few high profile individuals in our community have signed up to participate in the event and lead the fundraising initiative. Leading up to February 9, our blog will feature those individuals who have committed to raising $5,000 through their personal and professional network.
Meet Roger Ramchatesingh, Director – Solutions Consulting at Edward Jones! This change-maker is the 2018 Chair of the Edward Jones United Way Campaign, and he will indeed be sleeping in his car on February 9.
Roger is dedicated to United Way’s mission to eradicate poverty in Peel Region, and he hopes to inspire other community leaders to join the fight against poverty.
“If one person has to spend the night in a car or on the street, it's too many,” he says. “We can do better as a community. And if not us, then who?”
Participants are asked to stay in their cars from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, when most public spaces (and options for warmth and shelter) are closed for the night. Roger will be sleeping in his car alone, and he has some interesting expectations for the night.
“This year, it will be a solo effort. That's because, I expect it'll be a moment of personal reflection for me, to be able to walk in the shoes of those where this is their reality every day.”
It’s going to be uncomfortable, eye-opening, and cold, but for #LongestNightPeel participants, sleeping in their cars will only be for one night. That said, the perspective they gain will last them a lifetime.
For Roger, giving is almost an instinct. He has always been inspired to give.
“It is a privilege to serve,” he says. “And my personal experience growing up in an immigrant family did profoundly impact the lens through which I view the need to help others.”
And while one person can make a difference, “Many hands makes for lighter work. Society works optimally when those who are fortunate take it upon themselves to serve and help carry our brothers and sisters who are perhaps not as fortunate.”
Thank you for creating possibility in our community, Roger!
Just like Roger, you can take the pledge to sleep in your car on Febraury 9 for #LongestNightPeel. Join us in raising awareness and funds to fight poverty and homelessness in Peel Region.
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