PJs and Caring

Annual PJ Drive brings home generosity and warmth for kids.

Members of The Manitoba Chiropractors Association – 41 offices – collected over 2700 pairs of PJs as part of their annual PJ drive for United Way agencies.

The PJs were sorted and packaged last week for delivery to about 40 different agencies to help stuff stockings this holiday season.

Students from Asper School of Business' Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Students from Asper School of Business’ Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Volunteers from the Asper School of Business (Team Toba – JDC West) and GenNext members did two United Way Days of Caring to sort and organize the PJs for delivery.

Members of United Way’s GenNext Council also showed up on a cold night to sort and package the warm PJs for kids. It brought back happy memories for some of them.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

“A bunch of us were talking about getting new pajamas as kids every Christmas and how nice that was. There are some families who can’t afford that,” said Diana King, chair of Community Involvement on the GenNext Council.

“And they’re all new, and some are even hand-made.”

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

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The drive is over now for another year, but there are still lots of opportunities for groups looking to help out in the community.

To give back through a collection drive or United Way Day of Caring contact Melissa at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca or 204-924-4273.

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Team Toba gets chilly for United Way!

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.

a split second before the chill.

A split second before the chill.

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.

Team Toba, chillin' by the pool.

Team Toba, chillin’ by the pool.

“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]

 


Team Toba competes in academic, philanthropic, and athletic endeavors as part of Jeux de Commerce (JDC) West – teams from business schools across Western Canada.

A day at the beach inspires joy.

A day at the beach inspires joy.

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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.”

Sylvester (keith Parsons) chases Tweety Bird (Katharyn Burczynski) towards the pool. Oh no!

Sylvester (Keith Parsons) chases Tweety Bird (Katharyn Burczynski) towards the pool. Oh no!

Tweety gets away again!

Yay! Tweety gets away again! Poor Sylvester..

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.

RBC's Aaron Martyniw presents a cheque to Katharyn and Keith.

RBC’s Aaron Martyniw presents a $5,000 cheque to Katharyn and Keith.

“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.

United Way speaker Ginny Sudlow.

United Way speaker Ginny Sudlow.

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!

Super People make the biggest..

Super People make the biggest…

SPLASH!

SPLASH!

United Way Youth United Chair Victoria Truong ran for the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries  warm up tent IMMEDIATELY after her dip.

United Way Youth United Chair Victoria Truong ran for the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries warm-up tent IMMEDIATELY after her dip.

LTI from Virgin 103.1 was on host duty.

LTI from Virgin 103.1 was on host duty.

Tom Toni, Ben Kuilman, and Victoria Truong recover from the chill indoors in their new Team Toba Ts, awarded for raising at least $250. each

Tom Toni, Ben Kuilman, and Victoria Truong recover from the chill indoors in their new Team Toba Ts, awarded for raising at least $250 each.

First we play..

First we play…

..then we swim. O-lay!

..then we swim. O-lay!

The Donald, a Team Toba supporter!

The Donald, a Team Toba supporter!