With a red-and-white nod to Canada’s 150th birthday, Western University announced Wednesday that the university community has raised $657,234 for this year’s United Way of London & Middlesex campaign.
The donations increase Western’s total United Way contributions over the years to more than $12 million.
This ongoing commitment reflects Western’s goal of helping build real and lasting change in the city and region, said Western President Amit Chakma. “The money pledged by staff, students and faculty is an important way of helping bring about a better community. Just as important, though, is working to understand and address the needs where we work and live. We are proud of all those who are making that commitment a reality.”
The ceremony to announce the United Way contribution was marked with flourishes of red and white, rather than the school’s traditional purple and white, to reflect Canada’s sesquicentennial year in 2017. With a tradition just 11 years younger than Confederation, Western celebrates that strong communities are at the heart of strong countries.
Western’s United Way campaign is the largest among university campaigns in Canada, said Kelly Ziegner, CEO of United Way of London & Middlesex. This year’s over-all campaign goal is $9.17 million, slightly higher than last year’s goal of $9.1 million.
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