Chillin’ For Charity 2015 a s-s-stone cold s-s-success!
The tenth annual Chillin’ For Charity, which sees students from Asper School of Business take a November swim to raise funds for United Way, was a chilly affair at the University of Manitoba Thursday.
Team Toba fielded 48 brave, spirited, costumed, and ultimately soaked and shivering students who dove, dropped, and flew into an above-ground pool surrounded by snow.
“We chose years ago to support United Way because we found it encompasses everything that Winnipeg stands for,” said Team Toba co-captain Katharyn Burczynski, who announced they surpassed their fundraising goal of $15,000 with donations still coming in. [UPDATE: the final amount – an amazing $18,164]
— United Way Winnipeg (@UnitedWayWpg) November 5, 2015
Team Toba competes in academic, philanthropic, and athletic endeavors as part of Jeux de Commerce (JDC) West – teams from business schools across Western Canada.
The Team is also very active in doing United Way Days of Caring, a way for groups or individuals to give back to their community with short-term volunteerism to help local organizations with small projects.
“Days of Caring are really about team bonding for us,” said Team Toba co-captain Keith Parsons.
“It strengthens the team, even beyond the volunteering.”
Chillin’ For Charity was sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, which provided a warm up tent with hot beverages that many swimmers made a beeline for after their dip, and RBC Royal Bank which made a donation of $5,000 and warm toques.
“United Way Winnipeg is an important organization to RBC, doing great things in the community. And Asper School is near and dear to my heart,” said RBC’s Aaron Martyniw, VP of Commercial Markets, who graduated from the school in 2005.
Before marching to their cold water fate, students listened to United Way speaker Ginny Sudlow share her story. Ginny rebuilt a life with her six children after a serious medical condition left her family in poverty.
Through a United Way-supported asset building and money management program she was able to start a small business and restore her family’s financial security and dignity.
“Every two minutes someone uses a United Way Winnipeg agency or program,” Ginny said.
Continue scrollin’ for more chillin’ pics. Thank you s-s-so m-m-much, Team t-t-Toba!