FIGHTING SOCIAL INEQUALITY IN OAKVILLE: UNITED WAY PULLS FOR POSSIBILITY
Businesses, agencies and community partners joined United Way Oakville as they unveiled their 2016 fundraising goal of $4,500,000.
Over 300 people from the business, labour, government and non-profit sectors helped kick off the town wide United Way Oakville campaign by competing in the 6th Annual Bus Pull. 22 teams faced off against one another pulling two Oakville Transit buses in the blistering heat. The event raised over $30,000 towards United Way Oakville’s 2016 Campaign. The fastest team was 2 District Halton Police with a time of 21.8 seconds!
“With the amazing turnout this year, I believe we can make an impressive impact in the fight against inequality,” commented Terry Smith, 2016 Campaign Chair; “the lives of our neighbours, friends and co-workers, all connected and supported through our community.”
This year’s event saw great participation from the Halton Region Emergency Services, including members from the Halton Regional Police Service and the Town of Oakville Firefighters.
“The teams today really show what can be accomplished when we pull together,” reflected Brad Park, CEO of United Way Oakville. “Everyone here has so much heart and we feel lucky to have such strong champions come together for United Way.”
Oakville Hydro, a strong partner of United Way Oakville’s, is the Title Sponsor of the 6th Annual Bus Pull, with Manulife joining for the first time as a Presenting Sponsor. Community-minded restaurants Boston Pizza, Browns Socialhouse, Cobs Bread, Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine and Panera Bread donated a delicious lunch to the Community Cafe. Generous donations were also made by Quantum Sound Entertainment, Fun Photos, Cineplex Odeon and Coca-Cola Refreshments.