Beginning today, and continuing until January 29, Queen’s University students Emily Robertson and Kathleen Waterston will live, eat, and sleep in the Joseph S. Stauffer Library for seven consecutive days to raise funds and awareness for world literacy and gender equality in education.
This is part of the annual campaign Live-In for Literacy, which was started at Queen’s University in 2005.
A tent will be set up for the campers in the atrium of Stauffer Library by noon on Monday, January 23, and Robertson and Waterston will be staying at the campsite for the entirety of the following week, leaving only to go to class and to shower.
In addition to engaging with library patrons, university and community members, the campers will also be holding daily activities including faculty competitions, free tea, and interactive games.
This is the twelfth year that the event has taken place and has proven to be very successful in the past. Queen’s students have shown interest in learning about the amazing cause and contributed to fundraising.
All proceeds from Live-In for Literacy support Room to Read and their programs in school and library construction, girls’ education, local language publishing, teacher training and curriculum development in developing areas of Asia and Africa.
Tax receipts will be provided by request for donations of $20 and over.
Release source: Jamie Shinoff (‘Room to Read’ Chapter at Queen’s University) | Photo: Wikimedia Commons