“The sky’s the limit when it comes to Winnipeg’s generosity,” said Steve Chipman, 2013 Campaign Chair at United Way’s 10th annual Plane Pull and Campaign Kickoff at Red River College’s Stevenson campus.
Chipman said the goal this year is to break the $20 million barrier, and he expressed confidence Winnipeggers would rise to the challenge.
Chipman noted that $7.5 million, or 37.5 per cent of the goal, has already been raised at workplaces whose campaigns have already started. Over 1,000 workplaces will run United Way campaigns over the next three months.
Cassandra Gagne and Bill Henry, two of the faces of this year’s campaign video, were on hand to remind everyone what the money raised means to people in Winnipeg. Gagne’s heartfelt speech about moving from her life as a high-school dropout and teen mom to earning her degree in nursing with United Way’s support brought tears to people’s eyes. “From the bottom of my heart, thank-you,” she told the crowd.
Henry lost his speech and he and his family struggled for three years after he suffered a stroke. Thanks to services supported by United Way, he learned to speak again and uses his voice to educate and inspire others. “You never know what life is going to throw at you,” said Henry. “Tomorrow you could wake up and your world has changed. You may have to start over again. Thank goodness for the support from United Way, so that you can.”
A record 1500 Winnipeggers, including 55 teams, participated in Plane Pull 10, competing to see who could haul one of two massive jet airplanes the fastest. Team Winnipeg Free Press won the competitive division with a time of 7.34 seconds, while Red River College won the fun division with a time of 6.72 seconds. National Leasing’s zombie-themed team won for best costumes, while Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, a United Way agency partner, won best cheer.
Find action packed pics from the day, and tag yourself in the Facebook Album here.
And all the team photos are available on Flickr
Plane Pull Results:
Team Steam (Competitive Pull) Winner – Winnipeg Free Press
Team Steam (Fun Pull) Winner – Red River College
Team Scream Winner – Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre
Team Theme Winner – National Leasing
Fun Pull Results
Competitive Pull Results
|1||Red River College||6.72||1||Winnipeg Free Press||7.34|
|2||Megill-Stephenson Company||6.97||2||Canad Inns||7.60|
|3||PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP||7.03||3||17 Wing/C.F.B. Winnipeg||7.72|
|4||CN Rail||7.40||4||Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre||7.84|
|5||Canada Revenue Agency – Winnipeg Tax Centre||7.41||5||PCL Constructors Canada Inc.||7.90|
|6||RBC Royal Bank||7.47||6||Canadian Tool & Die Limited||7.91|
|7||Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries||7.63||7||Pollard Bank Note||8.00|
|8||University of Winnipeg||7.66||8||Magellan Aerospace Corporation||8.06|
|9||The Great-West Life Assurance Company||7.69||9||StandardAero||8.12|
|10||Richardson International Limited||7.69||10||Microsoft Canada Inc.||8.16|
|11||CIBC||7.78||11||Ricoh Canada Inc.||8.41|
|12||Custom Castings Limited||7.79||12||Labour Team||8.43|
|13||Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba||7.84||13||Red River College||8.47|
|14||The North West Company||7.88||14||Price Industries||8.53|
|15||Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company & Wawanesa Life Insurance Company||7.93||15||New Flyer Industries Canada ULC||8.56|
|16||Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano||8.03||16||RCMP D Division||8.60|
|17||Winpak Ltd.||8.06||17||Winnipeg Airports Authority||8.91|
|18||Cargill Limited||8.31||18||City of Winnipeg – Chief Administrative Offices||8.93|
|19||Boeing||8.43||19||The Winnipeg Sun||8.94|
|20||Agency Team||8.56||20||Diagnostic Services of Manitoba||9.16|
|21||National Leasing||8.56||21||MNP LLP||9.25|
|22||Grace General Hospital||8.97||22||United Way of Winnipeg||9.25|
|24||Johnston Group Inc.||9.10||24||AAA Alarms||9.68|
|25||Manitoba Public Insurance||9.25||25||Deloitte||10.50|
|26||Tundra Oil & Gas Partnership||9.34||26|
|27||Taylor McCaffrey LLP||9.47||27|
|28||Winnipeg Regional Health Authority||9.53||28|
|29||Cambrian Credit Union||9.75||29|
|30||2013 Campaign Cabinet||10.9||30|
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