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A popular fundraiser that provides emergency aid for students at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is this week.
Community members are invited to join students and staff for a delicious lunch for a good cause. Bannock tacos will be served in the Gathering Place on campus, 2552 10th Ave NE, Salmon Arm, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The lunch is by donation. The event is led by Caroline Chartier, Aboriginal Transition Planner for the campus and ingredients are supplied by the College’s Aboriginal Services department.
Donations go to the campus cafeteria. All students are able to access this fund from time to time for breakfast, lunch or coffee and tea whenever the need arises.
“Events like these really highlight the overwhelming generosity of our internal and surrounding community,” explains Regional Dean Joan Ragsdale. “And the impact is a very tangible one. It means any student who may be experiencing an unforeseen hardship – like a cheque not coming in, or an unexpected gap in employment – never has to pursue their education on an empty stomach.”
“Every year we are blown away by the response to this event. It’s one of those special days on campus when we get to open our doors to the community. There are lot of individuals and local organizations that mark their calendars to stop by for lunch, and we really appreciate that. We’re looking forward to another great event, another great turnout this year.”
Members of the media are also invited. Students and staff members will be available for interviews and photo opportunities.