January 23, 2007

Ontario students live in a car to raise money for world literacy

Kingston, Ontario – A club at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario has parked a Suzuki SX4 in the university’s library and will be living in it for ten consecutive days to raise money for world literacy.

D.R.E.A.M. (Discover the Reality of Educating All Minds), a Queen’s University club, was provided the car by partner Suzuki Canada Inc., as part of Mission: Ultimate Stauffer Lockdown (M.U.S.L.). The club aims to raise more than $10,000 for the construction of three school libraries in rural Nepal by the club’s parent organization, Room to Read Canada.

“The rules are quite simple,” says Leslie Chan, D.R.E.A.M. Vice-President of Publication Relations. “No classes, no household comforts, and only five minutes of freedom away from the library every hour. It’s definitely going to be an experience.”

Last year the club members lived in a tent for ten days in the library’s front lobby, but this year, with Suzuki Canada’s support, the event has expanded to include a car. Last year, the club raised enough money to build a computer lab in a rural Cambodian public school. The M.U.S.L. will be broadcast live via Web cam 24 hours a day, and can be accessed through QueensDream.ca.

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