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October 18, 2007

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A work crew of 13 SFU employees got an early start on their United Way spirit by participating in a United Way ‘Day of Caring’ at the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre in Maple Ridge.

Staffers from departments throughout the university spent a busy half-day prepping, patching and painting their way through the development centre’s foyer and hall. They also mounted bulletin boards, washed all of the balls in the children’s ball pit and pressure-washed the parking lot.

“It was a great reminder of why the United Way is really important,” says Alison Watt, director of the University secretariat and a member of the work crew. “Here was an agency that needed help and we were able to do something for them.” It was the first time that an SFU crew has participated in the event and Watt says everyone enjoyed it so much they’re sure to organize it again.

SFU’s month-long United Way campaign kicks off Nov. 1 with a fundraising goal of $200,000. Last year, the campaign reached $162,000. “The biggest impact can be made by faculty and staff making pledges through payroll deductions,” says Watt, who notes that 300 people made payroll donations last year.

There’s still time to contribute books, CDs and DVDs to the United Way book sale on Nov. 6 and 7 at the Burnaby campus, to donate baked goods to the Burnaby bake sale on Nov. 14 and to donate quality items to the Faculty of Education silent auction on November 19–23. The Vancouver campus is holding its book sale on Nov. 6, and SFU Surrey is having a kick-off event on Nov. 1 and a Market on the Mezzanine on Nov. 22. More: www.sfu.ca/united-way
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