Elliot Lake home builder and 2022 candidate for City Council Richard Laurin has promised to donate $1,250 to Mayor Dan Marchisella's fundraising effort in aid of the local men's shelter, Larry's Place.
The mayor is camped out on city-owned land at 151 Ontario Ave. this week, aiming to sleep in a cardboard box for five days.
By so doing, he hopes to collect $5,000 for Elliot Lake Women's Centre which operates Maplegate women's shelter and Larry's Place.
In a statement, Laurin promised to back the mayor's effort, noting he's proud of him.
"My challenge and commitment if mayor Dan completes five full days sleeping outside as a homeless person I will donate $250 a night for five days and if he completes the full five days I will donate a $2,000 bonus to the Elliot Lake food bank, on or about July 6. Make us proud Dan," Laurin stated.
"I was homeless back in the day for a short time. It was very hard to eat every 48 hours. You made me proud to see you out there," he concluded.