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Drive on to boost Student Emergency Fund at Stephenville public college

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College of the North Atlantic is using giving Tuesday as an opportunity to try and boost funds in its Student Emergency Fund from $45,000 to $100,000.

The fund targets students that are forced to abandon their studies and dreams when faced with a major hurdle in their life according to a news release from the college.

While the fund has existed since 2015, started with a $45,000 donation to the college from an educational foundation, this year will be the first time the college will partner with the premise of Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28) – known as the global day of giving.

Giving Tuesday is also known as the opening day of the giving season and traditionally follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an opportunity for charities, companies and individuals to rally for their favourite causes.

Elizabeth Chaulk, the college’s vice-president of academics and student services, has been involved with helping students for nearly three decades, but nothing formal was in place until this fund was established.

With $100,000 in the fund, it would ensure that there is enough in there to handle emergency cases for years from now.

The Student Emergency Fund provides vouchers, gift cards or money for medical needs. The guidance counsellors at the 17 campuses handle situations on the front line and determine who is able to avail of the fund.

To donate to the Student Emergency Fund, visit the College of North Atlantic website: www.cna.nl.ca.

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