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Local Cottager Helps Students In Gravenhurst

Posted on August 22, 2017 by

Gravenhurst cottager helps local students realize their educational dreams.
Tim Forwell donates $25,000 to Rotary Club of Gravenhurst.
Aug 22, 2017,  Gravenhurst Banner

Local resident Tim Forwell gave seven hard working students a little help in their endeavours to get a college or university education.

While in Florida, he had read about the dilemma many children in Gravenhurst had trying to save for a college or university education. Having a cottage on Lake Muskoka for many years, he understood summer jobs available to Muskoka students were limited and the pay lower than in the city. When he returned from Florida, Forwell contacted Ken Little of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst and inquired as to how he could help.

“I explained how the club was trying to change the expectations of students and their families by creating a fund to help their children and how much the community was helping by donating to Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund,” said Little. “After noting that 35 students applied for help this year, how difficult it was to help everyone sufficiently who needed help, Tim knew he had found his niche. He was very excited to offer his support and said his daughter Kim was also very supportive of the cause.”

Forwell and his daughter attended the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst’s luncheon recently with a cheque for $25,000 in hand. Students who had already been selected and sat with Tim and his daughter. “The students were so excited and so appreciative, and they didn’t know what to say other than thanks and that is all Tim and Kim needed to hear,” said Little.

If you are in a financial position to help local students, and if a simple “thank you” is all you expect from children so overwhelmed with your generosity they can hardly talk, then call Little with the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst at 705-687-7777 or invest a minute at their website They need your help.