Though it’s commonly known outside of the country as a beanie, wool hat or a knit-cap, it’s a toque to us and it’s playing an important role on Tuesday as it helps find long term solutions to end homelessness in Canada.
Toque Tuesday is a part of a national campaign that has been running for the last 17 years and this Tuesday, February 4, 2014 over 40,000 volunteers across the country will be selling toques for a cause.
Toques are $10 each with 80% of net funds staying right in the communities where they are sold. The remaining 20% of funds raised from toque sales will go to Raising the Roof’s national projects. In Vancouver the beneficiaries are the Lookout Emergency Aid Society and Pacific Community Resources Society.
The public and businesses can also help out by selling toques in their workplaces, get-togethers and other venues. For more information on how to help sell toques, email Lani at email@example.com. Those interested in volunteering can contact Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head to one of these locations on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to purchase your toque:
Granville station 6:30am to 9:30am
Waterfront station 6:30am to 9:30am
Burrard station 6:30am to 9:30am
Cambie & Broadway station 6:30am to 9:30am
City Centre (Pacific Centre) 6:00am to 6:00pm
From 6:30am at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station
Outside of the North Surrey Recreation Center (10275 City Pkwy)
9:00am at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre (13458 107A Ave)
At the event: Pacific Community Resources Society, Surrey Youth Housing Services, Reconnect and IRAYL programs, hockey teams from the Surrey Firefighters, RCMP, BC LIONS, Surrey Eagles, Local MLA’s and representatives from Community Service providers such as the Surrey urban Mission, and KEYS. The event is open to the general public.
New West Station 7:00am to 5:30pm
Columbia Station 7:00am to 6:00pm
22nd Street Station 7:00am to 5:30pm
Sapperson Station 7:00am to 5:30pm
Braid Station 7:00am to 5:30pm
New West Library 10:00am to 6:00pm
NWR Douglas College 6:30am to 5:00pm
COQT Douglas College 9:00am to 5:30pm
Starbucks, Amber’s Choice, Greens and Beans Café, Vancity.
Seabus Station: 7:30am to 9:30am, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Lions Gate Hospital: 7:30am to 9:30am, 11:30am to 1:30pm
If you can’t get to any of these locations, you can order a toque online and indicate that you are making your purchase for Lookout Society so that it benefits local Vancouver programs.
Follow Raising the Roof on Facebook and Twitter, and the Lookout Society in Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about Toque Tuesday and other national and local initiatives.
Raising the Roof provides strong and effective national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.