Kin Blog

We Must Not Forget Education

June 17, 2014
By Lindsay Irvine


I have been a police officer for 19 years. I have seen families from all walks of life, those with a great deal and those without. I quickly learned that it didn’t matter how many parents or how much money, what does matter is how much love there is in the home, rules and guidance for children and role models in a young adult’s life. Anyone can influence the life of a child, even a stranger.

As Canadians, we are blessed. We dream of what we want and how we will get it: a bigger house, a new car, a great vacation or other material things. But many Canadians dream of having what most of us take for granted: an education.

The overall poverty rate was 9% in 2010 as measured by Statistics Canada’s after-tax Low Income Cut-Off (LICO), representing over 3 million Canadians. Individuals living with one employed person account for almost 40% of those financially struggling in Canada today. We must support our Canadian youth and adults who want to attain a degree or certificate of training, to give Canadians that are able and willing to learn the hand up they deserve.

The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund is a bursary program that asks for applicants to provide detailed information on their family status, financial means and financial holdings. Other factors such as number of parents in the family, number of siblings, medical or other contributing factors that add stress and strain are all measured to help us identify successful applicants for the bursaries we give out each year.

The number of bursaries awarded each year depends on the Fund’s balance. The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund depends on donations from Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs, as well as individuals and businesses. Since 1995, over 900 students across Canada have been given support to follow their dreams. Donations from our clubs and fellow Canadians have made it possible for students to overcome personal and financial barriers to reach for the stars.

We need your help to ensure young Canadians don’t have to choose between having food to eat and buying textbooks for class. Your contribution can help change a Canadian student’s life forever.

Please donate online or contact Lindsay Irvine by email at lirvine@kincanada.ca or phone 800-742-5546 ext. 215 to make a donation.

If you or someone you know may qualify for one of our bursaries, visit our page on the Kin Canada website.

Vicki Chalker
Board of Trustee for HREF
Kinette club of Mt Pearl, NL


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