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I just got back from kick-off, the official beginning of United Way of Winnipeg’s 2009 Campaign, and what a beginning it was.

More than 1,300 Winnipeggers from the business, labour, government and non-profit sectors came together at Red River College’s Stevenson Campus to let their community spirit soar and compete in the 6th Annual Plane Pull.

Their passion, enthusiasm and drive was infectious. I’m even more inspired and thrilled to be a part of this year’s campaign than ever!

We also announced this year’s fundraising goal — a lofty $18,218,778. It’s only because of Winnipeggers’ incredible generosity, that we could even consider setting our sights higher than ever before.

With the effects of last year’s economic uncertainty still being felt - particularly by those already facing difficuluties - there’s never been a more important time to support United Way. I’m confident Winnipeggers will rise to the occasion and we’re already off to a flying start, with pacesetter workplaces, pacesetter corporations and leadership donors having achieved 39% of that goal.

Never in United Way’s 44-year history have we seen such energy and commitment this early in a campaign. Winnipeggers are sending a clear message that I hope everyone in this city, and everyone in Canada hears. Winnipeg is one of the most generous cities in the country!

What a tremendous beginning, but there’s still a long way to go. And like moving one of those gigantic jets, it will take all of us pulling together to reach our goal and provide kids with alternatives to crime, drugs and life on the streets, reduce poverty, and build safer, healthier neighbourhoods.

Come fly with me and help make the 2009 Campaign a soaring success.

Without you, there would be no way.

-Jeff Zabudsky
 

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