DREAM sets up camp in Stauffer Library
As part of Live-in for Literacy 2009, the student club DREAM (Discover the Reality of Educating All Minds) is pitching tents inside the lobby of libraries at seven universities across Canada. This year Queen's campers Gordon Giang (Commerce '11) and Lisa Nguyen (Commerce '09) will set up in the lobby of Stauffer Library.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Toronto, Concordia University, McMaster University, Queen's University, Laurentian University and University of British Columbia will each be home to two students from Friday, Jan. 16, at 1 pm EST until Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 pm EST. They aim to raise $40,000 in donations coast to coast to construct nine school libraries in India through the internationally renowned charity Room to Read.
"India's children desperately need our help," says John Wood, CEO and founder of Room to Read. "The seeds for Room to Read were planted when I visited a library in Nepal for 450 children that contained no books. What these students in Canada are doing is going to have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of children and I support their energy, enthusiasm and 'Go Big' spirit!"
The students must remain in the library 24 hours a day, with only five minutes of every hour permitted for bathroom or other necessary breaks. "It's not easy missing classes and living in a roped-off area for 10 days" says John MacDonald, DREAM Co-Chair and a past camper of the event, "but it's a lot easier than the lives of the children we're helping. They don't have a library to read in, let alone live in - so with the help of Room to Read and all of Canada, we're building them nine."
This is the fourth-annual Live-in for Literacy at Stauffer Library at Queen's, but the first-ever in Robarts Library at U of T, Webster Library at Concordia, and McMaster Library.
"On a scale of one to 10... my anticipation is about a 12. This is truly an amazing cause, and words cannot even describe how incredible it feels to be a part of it." says Rebecca Nugent, one of the campers at University of Toronto.
In the past four years the event raised $50,000 to help build a computer lab in Cambodia and nine school libraries in Nepal. This year's event will be broadcast live via webcam 24 hours a day at www.liveinforliteracy.com. More information on the event and how to donate can also be found on this website.