Garden City Collegiate raises funds to help pay for student funerals

Garden City Collegiate is raising funds to help cover the funeral costs for two students who died early this month. Global News

WINNIPEG – Garden City Collegiate has set up a gofundme page to raise money to help pay for the funerals of two students who died by suicide early this month.

Staff and students at the school have been in shock since a Grade 12 student killed herself and then was followed by her boyfriend days later.

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Vice-principal Tony Kreml set up a gofundme fundraising page Saturday to help the families cover their funeral costs. The school’s website includes a link to the fundraiser.

“The past week has been challenging with the recent loss of two students,” the fundraising website says. “We are asking you to help the families with funeral costs. Any contribution you make will go directly to supporting the funeral costs both families are faced with.”

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The deaths prompted students to set up an online petition asking for better mental-health awareness in schools. It had more than 2,500 signatures on Tuesday morning.

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