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VIDEO: United Way Pulls Together to Reach Fundraising Goal

The United Way of Winnipeg has a goal of $20.7 million to reach by the end of the year.

The 2014 campaign kicked off Friday with the 11th annual Plane Pull event at Red River College’s Stevenson campus. More than 55 corporate teams pulled together to move airplanes on the tarmac in a show of team spirit.

About 1,500 people gathered for the campaign launch as chair Sandra Oakley unveiled their target amount.

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United Way Leading Charge to End Homelessness in Winnipeg

A community task force has been assembled to end homelessness in Winnipeg over the next decade.

The United Way of Winnipeg is leading the charge to build on successful strategies in other cities across North America, and will create a new organization tasked with carrying out 38 strategy recommendations under four key focus areas: prevention, creating a person-centred system of care, housing supply and measurement.

“We need to move from managing homelessness to ending it,” said Rob Johnston, co-chair of the Community Task Force to End Homelessness and regional president of RBC. “We need a system that works better for people who are homeless or who are at risk of being homeless. Some may ask if it is really possible to end homelessness. We believe it is, and that we shouldn’t settle for anything less.”

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United Way to Reveal Fundraising Goal

United WayThe United Way of Winnipeg will reveal the results of its annual fundraising campaign tonight.

Last September, campaign chair Steve Chipman set an ambitious goal of $20 million for 2013. If achieved, it would be a historic milestone as the largest ever United Way campaign in Winnipeg.

The results will be made public during a celebration at the Victoria Inn with elected officials, business, labour and community leaders and people from throughout the city.

The formal announcement will be made shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Competitors Prepare to Slide Through Winter Obstacle Course

Competitors Prepare to Slide Through Winter Obstacle Course

Ice Donkey Winter Adventure
The Quinsy Qrawl obstacle at the 2013 Ice Donkey Winter Adventure 5km Obstacle Challenge (EDEN RAMSAY PHOTO)

An extreme winter challenge will see competitors overcome all sorts of hurdles and obstacles in the annual Ice Donkey Winter Adventure 5km Obstacle Challenge.

Adventure-seekers will compete on snowy and icy Winnipeg terrain on Saturday, February 8 on the grounds of the University of Manitoba. Racers will take off in heats every 30 minutes to pit themselves against the course, with competitors running solo or in teams of any size encouraged to get creative in costume.

Organizers expect up to 700 racers to have completed the course by the end of the day.

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Buck Pierce to Help Ring in New Year with 1930s Party

Buck Pierce to Help Ring in New Year with 1930s Party

By David Klassen

Untouchable New Year's Party A New Year’s Eve party with food, dancing and comedy shows will benefit the United Way of Winnipeg and the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Untouchable NYE Party at Danny’s BBQ & Smokehouse will feature former Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Buck Pierce and comedians Big Daddy Tazz and Jon Ljungberg.

The 1930s-style party will include music by The Big Jay Harrison Band and will be hosted by Doug Speirs of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Janine Hanson to Motivate Youth Athletes at Conference

Janine Hanson to Motivate Youth Athletes at Conference

Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson
Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Olympian Janine Hanson will address 110 students today at the United Way — Youth United Conference.

Hanson will show video of the race that won her an Olympic silver medal in women’s eight rowing and she’ll talk about her journey to the Olympic podium in an effort to inspire and motivate young athletes.

Students from 21 schools will be attending the presentation at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South.

Hanson, currently in her third trimester of pregnancy with twins, won silver at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and is a two-time World Championship silver medalist in women’s eight rowing.

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United Way in Need of Kids’ Winter Coats

United WayHave a gently used winter coat or other winter apparel you no longer need? The United Way of Winnipeg would love some of it.

The organization’s annual Koats for Kids campaign is in need of winter coats (clean with working zippers), snow pants and boots, hats, scarves and mittens.

Donations can be dropped off at any Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Station, Perth’s location or AMJ Campbell Van Lines office at 12–1333 Niakwa Road. If you have a large donation, call (204) 586-5628 or e-mail koats@UnitedWayWinnipeg.mb.ca.

The United Way’s focus is on children’s winter outerwear (including infants). Adult coats can be donated to the Salvation Army.

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VIDEO: Students Take Icy Dip for Charity

A team of business students from the University of Manitoba plunged themselves into icy water Thursday in the name of charity.

The annual Chillin’ 4 Charity polar bear swim saw 53 costumed students meet their chilly demise as part of “Team Toba.” Co-captains Emily Ashley and Andre Cadieux led the undergraduate student competition as part of the local leg of Jeux de Commerce (JDC) West. Each year, competing teams from business schools across Western Canada host their own Chillin’ 4 Charity event.

The goal this year was to raise $15,000 for the United Way of Winnipeg. RBC presented a $5,000 cheque towards the goal as part of being a premier charity partner.

Following the plunge, students warmed up in a heated tent on-site.

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Updated at 1:45 p.m.

Teams Pull Together for the United Way

A team participates in United Way's annual Plane Pull event in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA)
A team participates in United Way’s annual Plane Pull event in this file photo. (CHRISD.CA)

Fifty-six teams from across Winnipeg worked their hardest on Friday in an attempt to pull a nine-ton Boeing 727 and a DC9 across 20 feet of tarmac in the least amount of time.

The 10th annual United Way Plane Pull kicked off the organization’s 2013 fundraising campaign, where a lofty goal of $20 million was revealed by campaign chair Steve Chipman.

Teams of 20 — made up of mostly employees representing their workplaces — then pulled together beginning at Red River College’s Stevenson Campus. Besides competing for prizes, bragging rights were also on the line.

Last year’s campaign total set a new United Way fundraising record of $19.9 million.

Red River College’s team pulled the aircraft the fastest to win the competition.

Updated at 2:10 p.m.

Troops Team Up to Pull Hercules Aircraft

17 Wing Winnipeg Plane Pull
Members of 17 Wing Winnipeg pull a CC-130 Hercules on Thursday, September 12, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
17 Wing Winnipeg Plane Pull
Military members at 17 Wing Winnipeg pull a Hercules aircraft and fire truck on Thursday in an annual competition. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Military members with 17 Wing Winnipeg put their backs into it on Thursday in the annual plane pull competition.

Teams worked their hardest to pull an 80,000-pound Hercules CC-130 aircraft 50 feet in the least amount of time.

The annual event also included a fire truck pull and was a qualifier for the United Way’s plane pull on September 20 at Red River College’s Stevenson Campus.

— Staff