Langley restaurant employees endured cold and wind Monday night as part of a $105,000 fundraiser for Vancouver’s Covenant House.
This was the first time taking part for most of the employees of the Oak and Thorne, and several other Langley and Surrey restaurants owned by the Joseph Richard Group.
“A little bit anxious,” said Melonie Henning, when asked how she felt about sleeping outside on a stormy, rainy November night. “I think we’re all grateful that it’s just for one night.”
The wind and rain were so intense that plans by the Langley crew to camp out near the Oak and Thorne had to be scrapped – high winds were tearing down their tarps. They moved to a South Surrey location for the evening.
Even with the move, Langley team captain and Oak and Thorne executive chef Andy Slinn expected the night to be “cold, but I think eye opening.”
The staff were pleased with the totals that had been raised over the preceding weeks and months.
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“It’s had such a huge impact already,” said Jessica Wiser, a communications manager for the company.
The money, a big jump from last year’s $35,000 raised by the restaurant chain, will go towards Covenant House’s shelter, clothing, counselling, and food for young people on the streets.