Fleming College seeks community support for $100,000 healthcare heroes fundraising campaign

Peterborough ON – (December 14, 2020) – Fleming College students in programs such as Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker and Paramedic have an important role to play in our community as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers and first responders. They are the future heroes who will be crucial in our recovery from COVID-19.

All students, especially those in healthcare, are experiencing significant financial strain as a result of the current situation. When the pandemic began, many held part-time jobs on the frontlines, while also completing clinical placements.

Due to new health and safety restrictions, they are no longer permitted to work in one health care setting and complete their clinical in another without quarantining for two weeks in between. These students faced a difficult decision: abandon their studies or leave their jobs. 

To support students in completing their studies and achieving their goal of helping our communities, Fleming has launched the Healthcare Heroes Campaign to provide bursaries to those in financial need.

Fleming Student Administrative Council (SAC) has stepped forth with a lead donation of $20,000 in support of the campaign. With additional donations from the community Fleming has raised nearly half of its target.

“Fleming College produces heroes who will join the frontlines of the pandemic, and we are tremendously grateful for those who help our students cross the finish line,” said Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College. “Thank you to Fleming SAC and our generous donors for their gifts that help ensure we can train tomorrow’s heroes who will have the most privileged role of caring for our loved ones, when they need it most.”

“Now more than ever, healthcare students need our help. No student should have to choose between paying school tuition or being able to pay for basic living expenses,” said Zoe King, Fleming SAC President. “It’s our hope that this donation will inspire others to come together and make a gift to the Student Assistance Fund for Healthcare Heroes in this time of need.”

Student financial need is urgent and ongoing, and Fleming will continue to fundraise to meet the increasing need. Earlier this year, the College provided $415,000 in financial aid to 1,200 domestic and international students through its COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund.

If you are able, please make a donation to the Student Assistance Fund for Healthcare Heroes today.   

Learn more about healthcare programs at Fleming College and watch a tribute to students and alumni working on the frontlines: Fleming College Creates Heroes.  

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

Fleming Student Administrative Council Inc.
The Student Administrative Council Inc. (SAC) is a non-profit corporation that serves the social and political needs of the students at Fleming College. SAC is the official voice of the student body. Students elected each year to the Board of Directors for SAC serve on various college committees and have input into policy decisions of the College. More information about SAC can be found on their website at www.flemingsac.ca and their social media @flemingsac.

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