Over 200 people from the business, labour, government and non-profit sectors helped kickoff the town-wide United Way Oakville (UWO) campaign at the Oakville Transit Building this Thursday by competing in the second annual Bus Pull.

“Like the bus pull, it will take all of us pulling together to reach our goal and provide support children and families, isolated seniors and people struggling with life’s challenge”, said Brad Park, United Way Oakville CEO.


Crowds cheered as 11 teams competed to see which could pull an Oakville Transit bus 34 metres in the least amount of time.

In the end, the Oakville Hydro team stood victorious with a time of 18.75 seconds.

The CAW Local 707 team came in second with a time of 18.97 seconds while the Oakville Transit Team came in third with a time of 19.03 seconds.

The group from GE Water received the spirit award for their particularly enthusiastic supporters who cheered on their team with a cowbell.

“United Way Oakville has a profound impact on our community by ensuring an essential network of programs and services work together to achieve lasting, positive change,” said Chris Stoate, UWO Campaign Cabinet Chair and President of LaserNetworks.  “No other organization has the same depth, reach and history of making such a profound difference in the lives of others.”

Although today marks the official beginning, the 2012 Campaign is already off to a great start thanks to Pacesetters who exemplify leadership by submitting donations and/or pledges prior to the first of September.

The kickoff event was generously sponsored by Oakville Hydro, Oakville Transit, Alice Fazooli’s and Tim Hortons.

The 2012 UWO campaign will run until December 2012.

For more photos, visit UWO’s facebook

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