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Healthy campaign

UToday HomeDecember 3, 2012

In the spirit of healthy competition and in support of the United Way, the Faculty of Medicine has spent the past few months challenging its students, faculty members and staff to help the faculty improve on last year’s fundraising total.

After a series of barbecues, a pumpkin-carving auction, book launch, numerous raffles, and a Black Friday Market complete with a used book sale, the faculty has raised more than $10,000 for the 2012 United Way campaign – more than tripling the 2011 effort.

“Our community really supported the campaign, and I’m so thrilled we all came together to have fun and raise some money,” said Joanne Anderson, the faculty’s unit co-ordinator for the United Way. “I still can’t believe we made it. We set an ambitious goal, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we met it.”

In an effort to raise the competitive bar this year, the faculty’s seven research institutes battled it out to see which one could raise the most money. The winning institute from the inaugural challenge was the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. The Libin Institute hosted one of the barbecues, donated funds from a recent book launch to the cause, and also committed more than 80 person-hours to create a queen-size quilt to auction off at the final event of the campaign. The quilters are all staff members within the Faculty of Medicine: Carol Walsh, Leslie McGill, Valerie Martin, Shelley Mohl, Robin Fisher and Anne Heiligsetzer. The quilt was won by Dr. Francis Green.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the terrific engagement by all involved,” said Dr. Ron Bridges, senior associate dean, clinical affairs. “The ongoing passion and dedication to the United Way campaign by all of our volunteers is simply fantastic.”