Volume 95, Issue 19

Wednesday, October 3, 2001
 
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NEWS

Code worries campus groups

Like porn, university now online

UCC forum sheds light on Islam

A beginners guide to university bigwigs

UWO meds get Tory bucks

United Way starts strong

United Way starts strong

By Uroos Rizvi
Gazette Writer


The United Way announced Monday their campaign has topped half a million dollars in its first week of campaigning.

"We're pleased with the results, it's a good start and we're not taking anything for granted," said Helen Connell, executive director of the United Way for London and Middlesex.

Connell said she appreciates Western's continuing support and compassion. "We really depend on the energy of Western students to participate in the campaign. Western students have always had the most creative campaign."

Meredith Bell, United Way commissioner for the University Students' Council, said she is confident the USC will reach its goal of more than $10,000 this year.

Western's United Way campaign kicks off Oct. 12 on University College hill and runs until Nov. 9, Bell explained.

"This year, the students have been very keen to get involved, especially the USC and the Social Science Students' Council. The USC has already been raising money at Homecoming – by face painting, temporary tattoos and selling candy," said Lyn Hill, administrative assistant for the dean of social sciences and a sponsored employee for the United Way.

The United Way has employee campaign co-ordinators in almost every faculty and department at Western.

Kris Dundas, communications co-ordinator for United Way of London and Middlesex, said last year Western staff, faculty and students raised $258,565. However, the United Way still fell short of its $5 million fundraising goal.

Jan Belanger, director of community affairs for Great West Life and London Life Insurance Companies, said she believes the United Way is a responsible, efficient and effective organization.

"Canadian corporations have a responsibility in the society which we live and work in. [Great West Life and London Life] are confident that our money is being used in the most effective way."




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