Focus on giving back in final UW campaign weeks

SD&G – The focus will be on families and giving back to the community in the final weeks of the United Way of SD&G campaign.

After wrapping up what is being called a successful weekend wine and cheese event, Program and Event Coordinator Sherry Davis says their next event is a Holly Jolly Family Skate-A-Thon on Dec. 6.

The event at the Cornwall Civic Complex will run from 9-11 a.m. and pledge forms are already out at schools, the Benson Center, Civic Complex and the United Way office.

“We’re working on getting Santa, there’s going to be hot chocolate, some music playing, and (it will be) just a time for families to come out on Saturday morning and help out United Way,” Davis said.

On Dec. 2 the United Way will also launching Giving Tuesday. The UW is urging people to do something on their own to give back to the community.

“It’s anything that’s meaningful to them. Whether they’re going to help that neighbour in need, or at work having that little food drive or snowsuit fund or just making a donation to your favourite charity,” Davis said.

The United Way campaign reached 30 per cent of its $707,070 goal last week and the weekend Corus Cares Holiday Wine & Gourmet Tastings event was expected to surpass last year’s total of $20,000.

A final tally was not available.

The United Way campaign wraps up Dec. 19th at Cornwall Square with the draw for the Celebration Sleigh and the draw for a $3,000 travel voucher from Algonquin Travel. People who made a donation of $25 or more, either through payroll deduction or a donation in full, were automatically entered in the draw.

“Lori Greer and I, we’re all brand new, this is our first campaign. But it seems like it’s going great and on track and donations are coming in every day so I think it’s going to be a really successful campaign…we feel really positive,” Davis said.

Tickets for the Celebration Sleigh, which has $5,000 in prizes, are available at Cornwall Square, Thursday through Sunday.

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