United Way Keeps on Rolling

October 20, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

Can bowling "Change Lives and Improve Life?" It can when people get together to bowl for a good cause!

Monday night, OVC held a bowl-a-thon for the United Way. Teams made up of U of G faculty, staff, students and friends raised more than $1,300 for the University’s United Way campaign.

This year, U of G hopes to raise $500,000 — about 20 per cent of the regional United Way campaign goal. As one of the largest employers in Guelph, U of G’s campaign is paramount to the success of the regional campaign.

"Our United Way donations go to the local community to help people we know," says president Alastair Summerlee.

More than 50 local charitable organizations receive funding from the United Way, and some 60,000 people in Guelph and Wellington County use the variety of social, health and economic services they provide.

Ultimately, a stronger United Way means a better Guelph, Summerlee says. “We pride ourselves on living in a healthy community where no resident is forgotten or left behind. By donating to the United Way, we are ensuring the continuation of a way of life that has been a cornerstone of this city throughout its history.”

Summerlee adds the 2009 goal is ambitious but achievable, “but only if generous people participate. Every single donation — no matter what its size — helps.”

Numerous United Way initiatives are underway across campus, including the Oct. 30 College Idol talent show and Halloween lunch costume party sponsored by the Office of Research at 11:30 a.m. in Peter Clark Hall. Idol contestants will perform at noon, and the audience can “vote” for their favourite idol by making a donation in the contestant’s United Way ballot box. For ticket information, e-mail Natalie Carter at cartern@uoguelph.ca.

On Nov. 27, the Provost’s Office is hosting a disco night at the Brass Taps. There will be music, dancing and prizes awarded for the best disco outfit. Tickets are available in the President’s Office or by calling Ext. 53868.

The University's United Way campaign runs until the end of November. Details of events and campaign progress are available online.

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