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GivingTuesday event raising money for struggling Greater Victoria students

The initiative will match every dollar donated between Nov. 20 and 28
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GivingTuesday is an initiative that is part of the worldwide celebration to help less fortunate people. (Courtesy Camosun College)

Camosun College, Camosun Student Society and RBC Dominion Securities have launched a joint initiative to help struggling students find support when needed.

The joint initiative will help fund the Erasing Barrier to Education Fund and match every dollar donated between Nov. 20 and 28 up to $20,000.

The fund is to help bridge financial burdens for students and help them overcome any challenges that might hinder their success at the college, said Lane Trotter, president of Camosun College, in a statement.

“The Erasing Barriers to Education fund acts as a lifeline for our students, bridging financial gaps and overcoming challenges that could otherwise hinder their success,” Trotter said.

The initiative is part of the worldwide celebration of GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. It is a global effort to help less fortunate people.

GivingTuesday and the Erasing Barriers Fund will help those students who have to make difficult decisions regarding the cost of living crisis, said Jagjeet Singh, Camosun College Student Society external executive.

“We’re proud to support GivingTuesday and the Erasing Barriers to Education fund, helping students in need – whatever their challenges – to not only succeed but to thrive,” Singh said. “Every day, we hear stories of students having to make tough choices due to the rising cost of living.”

The fund gives access to those who face unexpected hardships and will act as an emergency bursary for all students.

The Earsing Barriers to Education Fund was established in 2020 and has supported over 500 students with food security, housing, transportation, tuition, technology and those fleeing domestic violence.

If you would like further details or to donate, please visit Camosun.ca/GivingTuesday.

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