Nanaimo Rotarians Help Students

Jim McIver from Daybreak Rotary presents cheque to Erin van Steen NLSF

Jim McIver from Daybreak Rotary presents cheque to Erin van Steen NLSF

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation recently accepted generous donations from Oceanside and Daybreak Rotary clubs. Oceanside Rotary donated $4,800 from their annual fundraising campaign and Daybreak Rotary donated $2,500 from their Grey Cup party fundraiser. The funds will go directly towards NLSF’s Student Support Fund.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that service clubs in our community provide,” said Erin van Steen, Executive Director, NLSF. “The Foundation has been able to assist many students in our school district with basic needs through the charitable support of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith community.“

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district ranks among the highest in British Columbia in terms of poverty-stricken students. Children living below the poverty line are the hardest hit and often go without food and basic necessities on a regular basis. The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation initiated the Student Support Fund last year in all of the local high schools as a way of helping teachers and counsellors to immediately respond to emergency needs of vulnerable students. It is a cash fund, provided by many local individuals and businesses. It allows front-line staff in the schools to respond immediately and confidentially to the many and various needs of students from vulnerable families. The fund has now been expanded to every elementary school in the district, which helps the Foundation support more students. Service Clubs and groups in the community interested in making a donation to the Foundation can do so via via cheque to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation or online at www.nlsf.ca.