United Way’s 12th Annual Plane Pull!

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 warms up plane pullers with a few dance moves.

Ace Burpee warms up plane pullers with a few dance moves.

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.

"Captain Community" Kelvin Shepherd.

“Captain Community” 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.

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin and his Winnipeg League of Kindness Crusaders

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin and his Winnipeg League of Kindness Crusaders

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.

Lani Zastre spoke of how her family was helped.

Lani Zastre spoke of how her family was helped.

“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

17 Wing 8.4
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
Canad Inns 10.28
RCMP D Division 10.28
Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win 10.28
Richardson International Limited 10.3
Manitoba Hydro 10.34
Birchwood Automotive Group 10.78
Pollard Banknote Limited 10.78
North West Company 10.87
MNP LLP 10.97
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 11
RBC Royal Bank 11.47
MTS 11.69
Health Sciences Centre 11.72
E-Health 11.78
CIBC 11.91
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP 12.9
WRHA 13.28
Cargill Limited 13.38
Payworks 13.4
Wawanewa Mutual Assurance 13.56
Winpak Ltd 13.84
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba 14.12
Johnston Group 14.66
Taylor McCaffrey LLP 14.84
Color Ad Packaging Ltd 14.93
Quintex Services Ltd 15.25
National Leasing 17.5

Boeing 272 Pull

U of M Bisons Football 8.5
PCL Constructors Canada Inc 8.63
Standard Aero 9.28
Magellan Aerospace Corporation 9.35
New Flyer Industries Canada ULC 9.56
Red River College 9.91
Fed Ex 10.15
Labour 2 10.22
17 Wing 10.25
Monarch Industries 10.44
CAA Manitoba 10.5
Deloitte 10.53
Princess Auto 10.53
Winnipeg Remand Centre 10.56
EPIC (MTS) 10.59
Manulife Financial 10.6
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre 10.87
Boeing Canada 10.91
Labour 1 11
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

Boeing 727 pull winners U of M Bisons.

Top Fundraisers

Top Fundraising Team
Payworks – $3948

Payworks - Top Fundraising Team!

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

Top individual fundraiser Lauren Slusky.IMG_0285-forweb

A huge thank you to all our generous sponsors!




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