Blue sky and smiling faces at Plane Pull 12.
Thousands came out to cheer on a record 64 teams pulling for a better Winnipeg at the 12th annual United Way Campaign Kickoff & Plane Pull on Friday, which raised $26,349.67.
Ace Burpee, who shared MC duty with 103.1 Virgin Radio partner Chrissy Troy, introduced “Captain Community,” a.k.a. 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd.
“United Way is all of us. It’s about Winnipeggers. More specifically, it’s all about Winnipeggers helping Winnipeggers,” said Kelvin before the pulling got started.
“it’s us being there for one another. At its core it’s about the kindness we all have inside us.”
Kelvin and the 2015 Cabinet – the Winnipeg League of Kindness Crusaders – came out in red capes, though Kelvin was the only one in blue tights.
Last year the kindness of Winnipeggers, through United Way agencies and partnerships, helped more than 250,000 people – including 35,000 through 23 family resource centres – a special focus for United Way this year.
Kelvin announced United Way’s goal to help 17,000 more people this year.
“To do it we’re going to need to raise $1 million more dollars this year than we did together in 2014.”
Lani Zastre told everyone about her journey from poverty to a stable home for her and her family with help from a United Way agency.
“I wanted to be here today because I wanted to tell you personally just how amazing you are – to make sure you know the difference you’re making for people and families that need help,” said Lani.
“From my entire family: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
The 64 teams of caring Winnipeggers, fueled by perogies and coffee, pulled their hearts out. Some had faster times than others, but in our books they’re all winners with kind hearts!
See below for a full list of pull times.
C-130 Hercules Pull
|The Great West Life Assurance Company||9.25|
|Red River College||9.34|
|Winnipeg Airport Authority||10|
|Canada Revenue Agency – Winnipeg Tax Centre||10.03|
|RCMP D Division||10.28|
|Richardson International Limited||10.3|
|Birchwood Automotive Group||10.78|
|Pollard Banknote Limited||10.78|
|North West Company||10.87|
|Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries||11|
|RBC Royal Bank||11.47|
|Health Sciences Centre||11.72|
|Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP||12.9|
|Wawanewa Mutual Assurance||13.56|
|Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba||14.12|
|Taylor McCaffrey LLP||14.84|
|Color Ad Packaging Ltd||14.93|
|Quintex Services Ltd||15.25|
Boeing 272 Pull
|U of M Bisons Football||8.5|
|PCL Constructors Canada Inc||8.63|
|Magellan Aerospace Corporation||9.35|
|New Flyer Industries Canada ULC||9.56|
|Red River College||9.91|
|Winnipeg Remand Centre||10.56|
|Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre||10.87|
|United Way of Winnipeg||11.12|
|United Way’s GenNext||11.38|
|Manitoba Blue Cross||12.32|
|Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)||12.56|
|Cambrian Credit Union||12.75|
|Winnipeg West Integrated Health & Social Services||12.97|
|Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre||13.25|
|Diagnostic Services of Manitoba||13.32|
|AAA Security (MTS)||13.93|
|United Way Agencies Team||15.56|
|Access – River East & Transcona (WRHA)||15.57|
|2015 Campaign Cabinet||17.51|
Top Fundraising Team
Payworks – $3948
Top Individual Fundraisers
Lauren Slusky, Payworks – $920
Lars Olson, Cambrian Credit Union – $915
Syl Lemelin, RCMP – $670
Shellagh Knight, RCMP – $440
Maria Genter, Payworks – $410
A huge thank you to all our generous sponsors!