May 9, 2012 For Immediate Release
Women United for Community
through United Way!
(Halifax, NS) Women and girls are rallying for United Way through Women United, a unique campaign to raise funds for our community. This initiative recalls the practice of door to door canvassing conducted by women in our community as part of the annual campaign. Today we connect to each other using facebook and email so the 14 participants are using social media and events to encourage family and friends to donate.
Dr. Joanna Zed chairs the initiative. During the launch, she encouraged participants to have fun with their fundraising efforts saying, “Let’s continue the successful tradition of raising funds for our community. You are raising $100,000 to support women, children, seniors, youth, new immigrants and others in our community who are facing challenges.” Events are underway and showing results.
The women and girls are a diverse representation of our community and include three students from Citadel High, a mother and daughter team, a pair of friends, a broadcaster, realtor, lawyer and an optometrist. Their testimonials and support pages can be found at www.womenunited.ca
Women participating are: Fiona Bergin, Miriam Debly, Mary Ellen Hallett, Cheryl Hodder, Elizabeth Irwin, Tammy and Abby Milbury (mother and daughter), Jennifer Parkhill and Laura Gillham (friends), Cynthia Sullivan, Meaghan Jackson, Menderia Smith, Sophie Watts (Citadel High students).
The campaign is scheduled to continue until mid June. Events organized by the women include personal gatherings of friends, exclusive auction of a Paul McCartney concert banner, the mother of all yard sales on May 12 at 2808 Connaught Ave., Mother’s Day brunch at the Carleton, as well as wine tasting and an at home concert. The participants are planning more sensational activities as time goes by.
United Way Halifax has been in this community since 1925. With a focus on key issues of poverty and health, volunteers and staff have identified four strategies based on community research to guide our work and engage partnerships and relationships with individuals, donors and organizations. We are committed to deepening our impact and changing social conditions for people in our community.
Director Communications and Brand Management
Strong communities are shaped by the people who work, live, conduct business and contribute to causes that matter to them. Paul O’Regan is being remembered as a true contributor to business, the performing arts, local and international charities and to health organizations. He was a leader in the automotive industry, a dedicated mentor willing to share his knowledge to help others and a man whose family meant the world to him. Our community is a better place thanks to Paul O’Regan. United Way is grateful for his support and offers sincere sympathy to his family.
Location: Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax
Time: 7:30 - 9 am, doors open at 7:30
$20 per person or table of 10 for $200
To reserve your seat, please contact Matthew Fox by email or by calling 461-3060.
The deadline for ticket purchases is February 17, so make sure to reserve your seat early!
We just said thanks and farewell to the 2011 Loaned Representatives!
They worked from United Way’s office for four months and made a huge contribution to our fundraising work. During the thanking reception, each one told a personal story about their experience. We heard comments like: “I think I always knew WHAT United Way does in the community but now I know WHY it is so important!” “I feel so connected to my community!” “This experience has been life changing.”
Generous organizations in HRM loaned their valuable staff members to help United Way reach a community goal of $6.4 million. We will announce the final total raised in February during our Celebration Breakfast.