Plane Pull 2016 bigger than ever!

More Winnipeggers than ever  pulled planes at United Way’s 13th Annual Plane Pull!

Plane Pull 2016 brought out almost 2000 people and 78 teams of pullers – a record number showing their support for our city.


Nearly $50,000 was raised, all of it going to create more mentors for kids, one of the four priority areas in United Way’s new Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

Victor Golondrina, 19, moved the crowd with a story of mentorship in his life. His mom, a “strong and resilient woman,” struggled with poverty and mental health issues as she raised him and his four siblings. He found positive role models at his local Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, and today is a mentor to young kids at another United Way agency – West Broadway Youth Outreach.

Victor Golondrina

Victor Golondrina

“They gave me hope, and now I am giving it back…and United Way has been there every step along the way.”

Thank you to all the teams and plane pullers who came out to pull for a better Winnipeg!


Payworks was the Top Fundraising team with an amazing $7343.71 raised, while Top Individual Fundraisers were Shaun Hauser, $3200.00; Trevor MacHutchon, $1650.00; Raj Misir, $1052.77; Earl Holden, $925.00; and Lauren Slusky: $824.00.

The Team Spirit award was taken down by Winnipeg Airport Authority.

Also note there is STILL TIME TO FUNDRAISE and win some amazing prizes! You have until Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m. to qualify for a super sweet Rocky Mountain trip. Fundraise to earn extra chances to win this incredible prize courtesy of VIA Rail and Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd. Friday, September 30 at 4pm is also the cut-off to claim your limited edition Plane Pull hat ($50+ fundraisers), or hoodie AND hat ($150+).

Team Steam awards for fastest pull times were Standard Aero, who pulled the water bomber 20 feet in a smoking 5.65 seconds, and the Canad Inns team who flew the Boeing 727 in 8.75 seconds. See all results below.


Congratulations to everyone and thank you for making it a great day, and a special thank you to Red River College and their Stevenson Campus for their hard work and hospitality again this year!


CL-215 Water Bomber

United Way Winnipeg Cabinet 7.85
17 Wing 6.21
Winnipeg Airport Authority 5.68
Birchwood Automotive Group 6.13
Canada Revenue Agency-Tax Center 5.91
Richardson International 6.78
Manitoba Hydro 5.85
MNP LLP 7.22
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 6.43
Deloitte 7.07
HSC 8.00
WRHA 7.60
Johnston Group Inc. 7.69
Manitoba Blue Cross 7.25
Unifor 6.40
Great-West Life 6.19
Wawanesa 6.56
Payworks 7.18
MPI 6.81
Royal Canadian Mint 6.03
Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology 7.03
RBC Royal Bank 6.63
Taylor McCaffrey 7.94
RCMP D Division 8.66
Province of Manitoba 7.28
E-Health 6.44
Red River College 6.66
Calm Air 7.57
Magellan Aerospace 7.32
StandardAero 5.65
Bridgeport 7.03
Online Business Systems 6.69
Color Ad Packaging 9.41
Pollard Banknote Ltd 6.40
Winpak Ltd. 6.88
AON Reed Stenhouse Inc 6.78
Scotia Bank 8.25
Cambrian Credit Union 6.97
Agency 7.31
GenNext 7.00
AON Team 2 6.56
United Way 7.50
Winnipeg Sun 7.07
Toromont Cat 6.78
Canad Inns, fastest on the Boeing 727.

Canad Inns, fastest on the Boeing 727.

Boeing 727

Bisons – U of M Football Team 10.09
MTS 11.84
AAA Security 12.56
EPIC 9.53
MPI – HR Division 10.75
Canad Inns 8.75
North West Company 9.97
Boeing Canada 10.31
Calm Air Team #2 11.13
Manulife Financial 11.16
The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 13.32
Tundra Oil & Gas 12.12
CIBC 10.47
National Bank Financial 10.28
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba 11.25
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 10.93
National Leasing 10.50
Fed Ex Canada 10.38
Quintex Services Ltd. 10.88
GHY International Ltd. 10.12
New Flyer 11.47
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 10.50
MMM Group 12.38
Cargill 11.81
17 Wing 9.56
Red River College 10.25
University of Winnipeg 10.16
Princess Auto 10.66
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba 10.59
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Hata Centre Inc. 8.97
CAA Manitoba 11.41
Labour 9.37
Monarch Industries 10.19
Grace General Hospital 11.72




Plane Pull 2016: Get on board!

September 23 will be the biggest Plane Pull yet! It’s your chance for a one-of-a-kind experience pulling an 80,000+ lb. C-130 Hercules or Boeing 727 (with help from 19 friends)! Plane Pull 2016 Plane Pull

Just a few of the amazing prizes you can earn!

The concept is simple: teams of 20 pull a plane across the tarmac to have fun, see what’s possible when we work together, and to raise money for United Way Winnipeg.

All money raised this year goes to providing youth mentorship opportunities that help kids build strong relationships, make better choices and do better in school!

And beyond feeling good about the real difference you’ll be making in kids’ lives, this fun-filled day also features a yummy lunch, snacks from Salisbury House, live music and the chance to win some sweet prizes.

There are only a few spots left, so if you haven’t yet, register your team today to help pull for a better Winnipeg and your chance to win!

Register your team now! Registration $250/team. Questions? Call the events team at 204-477-5360 or email

And the best part? Thanks to a huge roster of generous sponsors, we’ve got some amazing prizes for everything from fundraising to creativity. Check out these prizes!

See you on the tarmac!

Check out these amazing prizes for Plane Pull 2016!

Just a few of the amazing prizes you can earn!Everyone registered online is entered to win a breathtaking vacation odyssey to the Canadian Rockies:

• Round trip for two people on VIA Rail between any two points served by VIA Rail Canada Inc (between Winnipeg and Jasper)

• 6 nights/7 days at the beautiful Lake Louise Inn (Queen room) courtesy of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited

Wouldn't it be nice to visit the breathtaking Canadian Rockies?

Wouldn’t it be nice to visit the breathtaking Canadian Rockies?

Fundraising earns you more chances to win the vacation prize! Just $20 gets you an extra entry, $50 = 3, $100 = 8, and $200 or more = 20 extra chances to win!

This year, we’re proud to announce these fundraising prizes for our Top 5 Fundraising participants:

  • One of two prizes of $1000 in free gas from Esso
  • Fairmont stay, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets, $100 gift card for Jane’s Restaurant, 1-month unlimited pass for Yoga Public
  • 2 “Flight-themed” rooms from Epic Escapes (up to 16 people), Bluetooth speaker
  • 4 passes for Lasertopia, 1-month unlimited pass for Moksha Yoga Winnipeg, Bluetooth speaker

The Top Fundraising Team will receive:

20 tickets to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers home game and the experience of holding the Canadian flag during the national anthem.

The Fastest Team, aka “Team Steam”, will receive:

  • 20 free bowling passes to Dakota Bowling (Hercules)
  • 20 free bowling passes to Academy Lanes (Boeing 727)

The Most Creative Costumes & Cheer, aka “Team Spirit”, will receive:

  • 20 free passes to Golf Dome for a round of mini golf


Also Included in your flight:

  • Choose from morning or afternoon pull times
  • Fundraise $50 for a custom 2016 Plane Pull hat
  • Fundraise $150 & get a warm & stylish hoodie AND hat
  • 100% of your pledges go to youth mentorship in our community AND count towards your workplace campaign total

Register your team now! Registration $250/team. Questions? Call the events team at 204-477-5360 or email

* Please note the following Rocky Mountain prize conditions: VIA Rail tickets valid for two people (economy class) for return travel on any two points served by VIA Rail Canada between Winnipeg and Jasper; VIA Rail voucher expires September 23, 2017; VIA Rail tickets not valid for travel from December 20 – January 5; Lake Louise Inn voucher excludes the Easter long weekend, the period from June 15 – September 15 and December 24 – January 2; Lake Louise Inn voucher expires October 31, 2017. This prize package does not include transportation from Jasper to Lake Louise. 


A huge thanks to these sponsors, who make the day possible: