November 28, 2018 – In celebration of Giving Tuesday, the University issued a challenge to the Laurentian community to raise funds in support of mental health awareness and wellness on campus. In 24 hours, Laurentian alumni, students, staff, faculty, retirees and partners raised a total of $56,593.55.
November 27, 2018, marked the fourth consecutive year that Laurentian University participated in the global initiative. The funds raised this year will help create Laurentian-branded stress kits for students who are feeling overwhelmed and in need of coping strategies or resources.
“The goal was to raise enough funds to purchase 2000 stress kits, but the Laurentian community came together in a big way to exceed that goal,” said Tracy MacLeod, Chief Advancement Officer at Laurentian University. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will be able to purchase approximately 2540 kits to provide stress relief to current students.”
The stress kits will be assembled by various student groups on campus and distributed during midterms and final exams.
“Laurentian University is committed to offering students the supports they need to thrive and to succeed,” said Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University Dr. Pierre Zundel. “On behalf of the University, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make our 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign an overwhelming success. Your support will make a difference in the lives of many students.”
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that happens each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a time when Canadians, charities and businesses come together to celebrate giving and participate in activities that support charities and non-profits.
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