Sanctum Survivor 2020: The 36 Hour Challenge
Sanctum Care Group Inc.
Sanctum Care Group is planning a city-wide fundraiser to occur on May 28th & 29th, 2020. Ten community leaders will attempt to survive as if homeless for 36 hours on the streets of Saskatoon. In teams of two, participants will be given tasks to complete. Each task will aim to demonstrate certain challenges that society is offers unaware of, but which are an everyday reality for those who are homeless with HIV. Participants will we are donated clothes and shoes and will not be allowed any personal belongings other than a phone (to update the public on their journey).
Sanctum Care Group acknowledges that the 36-hour homelessness experience by no means accurately depicts the numerous barriers and complex issues faced by persons who survive daily in poverty and homelessness; however, Sanctum Care Group believes that drawing awareness to some of the many challenges will be a catalyst for real and lasting change.
Sanctum Survivor is an event to raise funds and awareness for Sanctum, Saskatchewan’s first HIV Hospice and Transitional Care Home and Sanctum 1.5, which will be Canada's first HIV and high risk Prenatal Home. Individuals who access services at Sanctum are most often homeless, and have fallen through the cracks of the traditional health care system. The event itself is both powerful and unprecedented, as it attempts to shed light on the intense hardship faced by people who experience poverty, homelessness and chronic illness in Saskatoon.