Volume 95, Issue 24

Tuesday, October 16, 2001
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UWO United Way kicks-off

UWO United Way kicks-off

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Despite the rainy weather, Friday's United Way campaign kick-off at Western was bright with optimism.

Highlights of the launch for the annual fund-raising campaign included the Western Cheerleaders and a $5 lunch – all proceeds going to the United Way.

Events had to be moved to University Community Centre, instead of University College hill, due to rain.

David Estok, co-chair of the United Way and director of communications at Western, said he is confident students, staff and faculty can reach this year's $280,000 goal – an increase of 8 per cent from last year's goal.

Estok said administration has been working closely with the University Students' Council in this year's campaign.

"We are grateful and thankful to the Western community who have continued to support the United Way throughout the years," Estok said.

The kick-off was supposed to have featured skydivers, but the show was cancelled because of the weather.

Meredith Bell, United Way Commissioner for the USC, said she was excited and enthusiastic for the campaign to begin.

"Our goal this year at Western is to raise awareness of the United Way – so every student is asking, 'how can I help?'"

Lyn Hill, a sponsored employee for the United Way, presented a United Way flag to Western representatives, which will be flown for the next month as a symbol of fund-raising goals.

Hill said, so far, the Western fund-raising campaign has 57 "leaders" – people who have donated $1,000 or more.

"Eat Your Way to the Top," the first United Way fund-raising event at Western, takes place tomorrow in the Social Sciences Centre. Students, staff and faculty can pay $8 for a floor-by-floor culinary tour of the building, Estok said.

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