Cape Breton University Alumni Association Make $50,000 Gift to Perseverance: Student Relief Fund as part of #GivingTuesdayNow

Today, the Cape Breton University Alumni Association is announcing a $50,000 gift to the CBU Perseverance: Student Relief Fund to help support students who are affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This gift is part of the University’s participation in the global movement of Giving Tuesday.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 and Cape Breton University is participating to help support the Perseverance: Student Relief Fund.

“COVID-19 has affected all of us. Our goal is to support students who have significant needs during these challenging days,” says Kelsea MacNeil, President of the Cape Breton University Alumni Association. “With so many feeling the weight of COVID-19, our aim is to provide support for those students most in need during these challenging times.”

The Perseverance: Student Relief Fund is an emergency bursary fund established to assist CBU students facing hardship due to COVID-19. Students interested in applying to the fund can visit

“This fund is based on our University’s motto ‘Perseverance Will Triumph’ and these words have become so much more than a just motto for us,” says CBU President David C. Dingwall. “Our students are experiencing great hardships during this difficult time and we hope with this fund to relieve some of that. We are all in this together, and together we will overcome.”

CBU has implemented a number of preventative measures to help limit the impact of COVID-19 to the campus community. The ongoing response has been guided by a strong commitment to the health and safety of the campus community and informed by the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Government of Canada. For an overview of CBU’s response and major decisions visit

“As Alumni, we are forever connected to CBU and because of that connection, we want to ensure we do our part to take care of our students in their time of need,” says Kelsea MacNeil. “At CBU, we take care of one another. Whether you’re a student, a faculty or staff, or an Alumni, we are CAPERS for life.”