UVic United Way Campaign nears goal

By Tara Sharpe

There is still time to add a United Way donation to your shopping list this season.

After a non-stop round of prize giving in October and November, the UVic 2007 United Way campaign drew to a formal close in the last weeks of November with a final prize draw on November 30. English professor Dr. Richard Pickard won a Mac laptop donated by the UVic bookstore, while retiree Margaret Salmond won a two-night spa retreat provided by Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville.
At press time, the donation total was approaching year’s $250,000 target, with $236,240 and 614 donations already collected after a variety of fundraising efforts across campus.

“As chair of our UVic United Way Campaign this year, I take great pride in our institutional response,” says Clint Hamilton, director of athletics and recreation. “And I want to thank the many people within our campus community who came together in tremendous fashion to support the United Way. Our goal of $250,000 was our largest ever and through personal pledges and many special initiatives, we are sure to touch our target and, even more importantly, reach out with meaningful support to people in need from our region.”

Results of the “Post-Secondary Challenge” —issued by Royal Roads University to UVic and Camosun College to see which institution can achieve the greatest increase in participation and donations—will be known after the other two contenders wrap up their campaigns.
Thanks to everyone for their donations and for helping to maintain a culture of giving in support of the United Way.

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