Toonie Tuesday campaign raises a little coin to create a lot of change
Monday, May 7, 2012 – A major campaign to raise money for students in financial distress due to poverty or traumatic events kicks off Tuesday, May 8.
The campaign, dubbed 'Toonie Tuesday', will support the Thames Valley Education Foundation’s Caring Fund – a source of emergency cash that principals and teachers can access on behalf of students.
“If we all reach into our pockets and donate just one $2 coin, we can make a huge difference in the lives of students who need our help,” says Foundation Executive Director Rena Princis.
The Caring Fund has changed the lives of many students by providing emergency support such as clothes and toiletries for children whose possessions have been destroyed by fire, or providing lunches for students whose families have suffered dire hardships.
“Every day, students come to our schools hungry, without school supplies and without proper clothing and other basic necessities,” says Princis, adding that while some needs are addressed by social services agencies in our community, the Caring Fund responds immediately to ensure they don’t suffer unnecessarily in the short-term.
Julian, a Thames Valley graduate now studying at college, says the Caring Fund gave him support and incentive when he needed it most.
In Grade 12, Julian’s family relocated to Quebec, jeopardizing Julian’s dream of completing high school in London and pursing post-secondary education in mechanical engineering at an Ontario college. Julian decided to stay in London to finish school while working two jobs to pay his rent and bills. Unfortunately, he couldn’t always cover his expenses.
“If it weren’t for the people who are so ready to help someone I wouldn’t be where I am now,” said Julian. His French teacher contacted the Thames Valley Education Foundation for funding to help Julian get through the rough period.
“The help gave me an opportunity to concentrate more on school work and not always worry about how I was going to pay my bills,” Julian said.
Schools across Thames Valley are collecting toonies and larger donations in support of the Caring Fund and staff members at the Education Centre will gather in the Atrium at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8 to make their contributions.
The Foundation was established as a registered charity in 2001 to work with community partners to promote public education and enhance learning opportunities for students. Among its initiatives, the Foundation provides emergency assistance to students.
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