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MHC receives $8,000 from 100 Women Who Care for Pathways

October 4, 2016
 

100 Women Who Care Donate to Pathways Student Life Enhancement Fund

(Image) Tracy Hellman and Rachel Kruitbosch, cofounders of 100 Women Who Care present a cheque to Jennifer Kerslake, manager of fund development for MHC's foundation office. Since the initial cheque presentation, money has continued to filter in to bring the total to $8,000.

Medicine Hat College (MHC) recently received an $8,000 donation from the local non-profit organization, 100 Women Who Care.

This funding will go towards the Pathways Student Life Enhancement Fund, a program that responds to the needs of individuals who aspire to pursue post-secondary education, but lack the financial resources to do so.

“We are so grateful that this group of women has embraced Pathways and is supporting our students. Through this donation they are helping individuals in our community strive to better their future through education,” says Jennifer Kerslake, manager of fund development for MHC’s foundation office.

Kerslake mentions that this funding isn’t contingent on academics.

“You could be a single parent whose barrier is childcare, an adult learner who is struggling to find transportation to class, or a traditional student that is finding it a challenge to purchase a textbook or school supplies. Whatever your story, this funding can help alleviate those challenges so that you can focus on learning and achieving your academic goals,” says Kerslake. 

According to Rachel Kruitbosch and Tracy Hellman, cofounders of 100 Women Who Care, the group was excited to give to a cause that had such a direct impact on the community.  

“We have a unique mix of members ranging from stay-at-home moms to business owners that all get together with one common goal in mind, which is to better the lives of people in Medicine Hat. Pathways is a project that we feel accomplishes this,” says Kruitbosch.

Kruitbosch adds that it will be a rewarding experience to see someone succeed because of this funding.

“We have been fortunate to support a number of causes in the community, for example we helped Big Brothers and Big Sisters go from three in-school mentorships to five, and provided the Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC) the resources to help seven victims. To be able to add Pathways to that list and see someone better their lives because of this funding will be the ultimate reward to us.”

Hellman adds that at the group’s next meeting, which is scheduled for December 5, 2016, they will exceed $50,000 in giving within almost two years.

This non-profit group consists of women who meet four times a year. Each individual brings $100. Various charities are nominated by the members and three present at each meeting. A five minute presentation is given and then the collective group votes on where they want to money to go.

“We are working together to make a bigger impact. Just knowing that we are helping people out, and hearing the stories about the difference our donations make, inspires our group to assist,” says Hellman. “With Pathways being relatively new, it was nice to hear about the impact it has. Overall it sounds like a fantastic program that we are very excited to support.”

To learn more about 100 Women Who Care visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or email wwcmedicinehat@yahoo.ca.

To find out how you can get involved with the Pathways Student Life Enhancement Fund visit www.mhc.ab.ca/pathways or contact Jennifer Kerslake at jkerslake@mhc.ab.ca or call 403.502.8995.