“Fantastic response” leads to record-breaking campus United Way campaign

The 2008 UVic United Way campaign has surpassed its goal, blowing out the top of the United Way thermometer. At press time, UVic had collected more than $286,000 — almost 10 per cent over its target of $265,000.
“This is a fantastic response by our campus,” says Mark Roman, UVic’s chief information officer and the 2008 campaign chair. “The donations of time and dollars from the UVic community will mean people in need in our wider community can continue to connect through the United Way of Greater Victoria with agencies providing shelter, food, counseling, medical support and other crucial social services.”

Interestingly, the number of donors in 2008 was lower than the 2007 campaign at 619 donors versus 656 the previous year, while there were 107 new donors overall and leadership donors ($500 or more) were up 10 per cent over last year.

Several fund-raising events broke all previous records. The last-ever Dr. Zonk wacky science shows raised $5,287; the annual book sale, $8,909 with an additional $326 from the bake sale; the annual craft fair, $1,804; the annual Engineering Students’ Society VW Push, $1,823; and the inaugural Plasma Car Race, $1,903, with other events like the dunk tank and coin drive filling the donation coffers even higher.

The campaign is still accepting donations. You can fill out a pledge form from the UVic United Way website at www.unitedway.uvic.ca or call 250–472–5348 for more information.

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