Deepak Binning lost his fight with cancer at the age of 19, but his parents are ensuring his memory lives on.
Paul and Jas Binning have established a $200,000 endowment fund in the name of the Deepak Binning Foundation. The funds will be available to students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in perpetuity, with $7,500 awarded annually in general student bursaries and a $2,500 scholarship in the Punjabi language and culture program.
“Paul and Jas have been community supporters for decades in Richmond and other cities in B.C.,” says Christine Brodie, director of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation. “(This fund) will support bursaries for KPU’s most in need students. (The Binnings) are especially interested in supporting single parent families so opportunities for education will be a significant factor.”
Brodie, who hopes the donation will be an incentive for other “generous donors” to come forward, also appreciates that the fund will enhance opportunities for students to pursue Punjabi studies and keep this culture and language alive for all people to study and learn.
“I think it would be wonderful to have other programs available to support other cultures at the university level,” she says.
Says Paul Binning: “We are pleased to be able to support so many deserving students pursue post-secondary education through our partnership with KPU.”
The Deepak Binning Foundation was founded in 2000 by the Binning family after the loss of their son Deepak Binning to cancer. The foundation supports students at various educational institutions and BC Children’s Hospital.