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Dec. 6, 2016

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Dec. 6, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – A variety of innovative projects underway at Wilfrid Laurier University are getting some extra support this month — a kick-start, if you will — thanks to the launch of Laurier’s new crowdfunding platform, HAWKstarter.

The seven projects cover a wide range of activities at the university, from helping Faculty of Education students teach teachers in Haiti, to planting more trees in and around Laurier campuses, and developing a mentorship program at Laurier’s Brantford campus for local at-risk youth.

Each project is being led by Laurier students, staff and faculty – and all the projects need financial support to succeed.

“The launch of HAWKstarter is exciting for Laurier as it provides an innovative and accessible way for our university community and our greater community to support and celebrate the important initiatives happening on our campuses every day,” said Rob Donelson, vice-president, Development & Alumni Relations.

HAWKstarter launched Nov. 29 on Giving Tuesday, which is billed as the official start to the giving season. To date, more than 100 donors have donated more than $6,000 through the platform.

Projects include:

The university’s crowdfunding campaign runs until Dec. 31, 2016. To learn more about the projects and to donate, visit

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Julia Thomson, Manager, Communications
Development and Alumni Relations

T: 519.884.0710 x4479


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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