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United Way Family Program Gets $7.5M from Province

United Way Family Program Gets $7.5M from Province

By Sarah Klein

Ian Wishart
Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announces $7.5 million for the United Way Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (@UNITEDWAYWPG / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will match donations to the United Way up to $7.5 million over the next six years.

United Way Winnipeg’s For Every Family initiative supports 24 neighbourhood family centres.

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Teams Can Now Register for the Wild Winter Canoe Race

Teams Can Now Register for the Wild Winter Canoe Race

Wild Winter Canoe Race
Team Canoe Snafu takes the win in the Wild Winter Canoe Race in February 2016. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

Registration has opened up for this winter’s Wild Winter Canoe Race.

Winnipeggers bundled up last year to help raise funds for Inclusion Winnipeg — a United Way Winnipeg organization — by racing canoes on the frozen river at The Forks.

This season’s race is February 20, 2017 (Louis Riel Day), and 20,000 people are expected to attend.

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Pulling It All Together for the United Way

Pulling It All Together for the United Way

U of M Bisons - United Way Plane Pull
Players with the Manitoba Bisons football team pull an aircraft as part of the United Way Winnipeg’s annual plane pull event on Friday, September 23, 2016. (HANDOUT)

Teams pulled together on Friday all in the name of mentoring children.

The United Way Winnipeg’s 13th Annual Plane Pull had 78 teams registered and more than 2,000 people compete to pull aircraft in the least amount of time.

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Drive-Thru Boot Drive Supporting United Way

Drive-Thru Boot Drive Supporting United Way

United Way WinnipegWinter boots and cash donations will be rounded up on Wednesday as the United Way hosts its Drive-Thru Boot Drive for Koats for Kids.

From 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., motorists can drive in and out of United Way’s parking lot at 580 Main and quickly drop off their donation.

“The weather has now turned cold and kids are back in school. We want them to stay safe and warm,” said GenNext Council vice-chair Jane Helbrecht.

“A drive-thru is a fun and easy way for generous Winnipeggers to show they care, and as far as we know it’s never been done before!”

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Report Shows Life Expectancy Differs Based on Income

Report Shows Life Expectancy Differs Based on Income

Peg Health Equity Report
A new Peg report shows the health equity of those living in a higher income bracket compared to those in the lowest. Click graphic to enlarge.

A new Peg report says those in the highest income bracket can live nearly 20 years longer than those in the lowest.

The dramatic findings are part of a report released Tuesday on health equity in Winnipeg.

“Disadvantage profoundly limits opportunities to be healthy. This is about much more than individual health choices,” said Dr. Sande Harlos, medical officer of health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The United Way of Winnipeg says it’s concerning to see such significant health inequity in Winnipeg, which in some cases, is growing.

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U of M Students Chillin’ for Charity

U of M Students Chillin’ for Charity

University of Manitoba business students jump into a pool of ice-cold water as part of 'Chillin' for Charity' on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (MIKE LATSCHISLAW PHOTO / HANDOUT)
University of Manitoba business students jump into a pool of ice-cold water as part of ‘Chillin’ 4 Charity’ in this file photo. (MIKE LATSCHISLAW / HANDOUT)

Fifty students from the University of Manitoba will brave chilly temperatures today as they jump into an icy pool.

The annual Chillin’ 4 Charity fundraiser is in support of the United Way of Winnipeg.

“Having the opportunities to volunteer and raise awareness for such an active charity is both humbling and and rewarding. It really makes us aware of how we can all help in little ways,” said co-captain Katharyn Burczynski of Team Toba.

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United Way Pulls It Together in Annual Plane Pull

United Way Pulls It Together in Annual Plane Pull

Greg Selinger - United Way Plane Pull
Premier Greg Selinger and MTS president Kelvin Shepherd (right) pull a FedEx airplane during the United Way’s annual plane pull on Friday, September 18, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)
United Way Plane Pull
A team from Canad Inns pulls a C-130 Hercules on Friday. (CHRISD.CA)

Close to 2,000 people turned out Friday as the United Way of Winnipeg kicked off its annual fundraising campaign.

The traditional Plane Pull at Red River College’s Stevenson Campus saw a record 64 teams attempt to pull a FedEx plane and a C-130 Hercules in the shortest amount of time.

“Pulling planes is an excellent representation of what we can achieve when we work together as a community,” said MTS Allstream CEO Jay Forbes, a sponsor of the United Way.

MTS president Kelvin Shepherd is this year’s campaign chair.

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‘One Night’ Concert Marking United Way’s 50 Years

‘One Night’ Concert Marking United Way’s 50 Years

One Night for WinnipegThe United Way of Winnipeg is continuing with its 50th anniversary celebrations by throwing a concert at The Forks.

One Night for Winnipeg on Wednesday, June 24 will include the JD Edwards Band, JP Hoe, Mitch Dorge, Daniel Roy, Sweet Alibi, The Treble and others.

The event will also try to set a record for the most people drumming together at one time.

Virgin Radio’s Ace Burpee and Rosanna Deerchild will host the evening.

The free concert runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the festival stage and is part of United Way’s Winnipeg Wednesdays campaign.