Celebrating Winnipeg’s generosity

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Together we celebrated Campaign 2016 – the first year of a three-year plan to help thousands more in our city

More than 800 people came together to celebrate the generosity of Winnipeggers during the 2016 Campaign on Friday night at the RBC Convention Centre.

United Way friends help reveal Winnipeg's generosity for the 2016 Campaign.

United Way friends help reveal Winnipeg’s generosity for the 2016 Campaign.

“This is a remarkable achievement and I simply cannot thank you enough – all of you here tonight and thousands more,” said 2016 Campaign Chair Neil Besner as the total of $20.1 million was revealed.

It was the first year of a three-year plan guided by Winnipeggers to keep the support that helps thousands of Winnipeggers strong while bringing more help to over 11,000 more Winnipeggers.

The Rising Sun Pow Wow Club from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre gave a beautiful performance as part of the celebration.

The Rising Sun Pow Wow Club from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre gave a beautiful performance as part of the celebration.

“I hope you understand the very real difference your generosity and support will make for thousands of Winnipeggers who rely on the resources you make possible every day.”

Neil passed the torch to 2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan, who spoke of the inspiration of his mother showing him the value of volunteerism and giving back to community.

2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan pledged to start work right away.

2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan pledged to start work right away.

“She inspired me to always make time to get involved and I am fortunate in that I can now also contribute financially as well.”

Colin said he and the volunteers in United Way’s Cabinet will get back to work right away to shine a light on the challenges we face in our city and how the goals in the three-year plan will help address them.

“They are goals our community – all of us – believe are essential to achieve. We know that there are still kids and families facing real challenges even as we speak – and I know together we can reach them.”