Clinton Sayers fundraising committee aims higher

Clinton Sayers '80

The Clinton Sayers fundraising committee launched its renewal campaign on July 13, 2015 with the aim of raising $25,000 by June 30, 2017. Thanks to the generosity of so many members of the Trinity College School family, this renewal campaign achieved its goal one full year ahead of schedule, and the committee is now aiming to reach an extended target of $35,000 by June 30th.

The original Sayers Fund was formed in 1996 by members of the class of 1980 in honour of their classmate, Clinton Sayers, and resulted in the creation of the Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service at TCS.

Clinton was a hugely admired member of the class of 1980: a good student, superb athlete and great friend to all. He went on from TCS to live a life of purpose and service in Africa as a young community aid worker before he was tragically killed in 1993, in a train accident in Kenya, at the age of 31.

Headmaster Stuart Grainger commented: “We are thrilled to see how diligent the class of 1980 has been over the last two years in reviving this key award and fund. The Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service is the School’s top award celebrating excellence and dedication to community service by a TCS student.”

The class of 1980 is especially pleased that the Sayers Award exemplifies and celebrates the mission of the School: developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service.

Douglas Macfarlane ’80, a classmate and member of the Clinton Sayers fundraising committee, remarked: “Clinton Sayers was an iconic and very special member of our class. He was enormously talented at everything – especially sports. More importantly, he was an amazing human being and role model to everyone. We all looked up to him. We are especially proud that this important and meaningful award at TCS carries Clinton’s name.”

Representatives from the committee recently met with the headmaster and other senior TCS officials in Port Hope to discuss all aspects regarding the future operation of the Sayers Award and Fund. It was decided that the TCS Foundation would invest the fund’s principal in the hopes of generating approximately $1,100 in annual income. Each year, this money will be allocated between the Sayers Award winner, who will direct the funds to his/her chosen charity, and the School’s service learning department, which will use the funds to incubate and support new student-led community service initiatives.

For more information about the Clinton T. Sayers Award for Community Service at TCS, or to donate to this worthy cause, please visit or contact Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Tricia Mandryk at or 905-885-1295.