Campaign kicks off with a wave

The United Way kicks off its annual UBC campaign Oct. 7 when volunteers will wave to people arriving on campus as a reminder of UBC's tradition of strong participation in the campaign.

Employee Campaign Chair Peter Nault, Plant Operations, says UBC hopes to contribute $310,000 this year to United Way's goal of raising $24.2 million in the Lower Mainland.

Last year, UBC raised over $304,000 in support of United Way's 105 agencies and 31 affiliate agencies. UBC also produced more single donations of $1000 or more than any other organization.

Nault also hopes to increase the participation rate among potential donors to 20 per cent from 17 per cent.

"It shouldn't be too hard to get one in five to join the campaign. By working together, we can collectively help improve the lives of over 500,000 people during the coming year," says Nault.

Faculty and staff will soon receive pledge forms. Donations can be made through payroll deduction, by credit card or cheque.

"Donors can designate their donations to a specific charity or to an area of need," says Kelly Gray, United Way's campus campaign co-ordinator.

Fund-raising events planned by faculty, staff and students include prize give-aways, a pancake breakfast, salmon barbecue and Oktoberfest.

One lucky donor will receive this year's grand prize--a trip for two to any Canadian Airlines North American destination.

One in three people in the Lower Mainland will be helped by donations to United Way this year. United Way supports crisis and emergency services, care for seniors and persons with disabilities, and assistance to families and individuals with a variety of needs.

For information on the campaign, which runs until Nov. 24, or to volunteer, call (604) 294-UWAY.