United Way campaign aims for $200,000

October 20, 2005, vol. 34, no. 4
By Diane Luckow

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SFU's United Way campaign kicked off on Oct. 17 with a three-day book sale at the Burnaby campus. Still to come are a book, bake and treasure sale on Oct. 25 at the Harbour Centre campus and a book sale at the Surrey campus in November.

Campaign chairs Karen Kavanagh, professor of physics and Christine MacIntosh, office assistant in the learning and instructional development centre (LIDC), are hoping to raise $200,000 from faculty and staff.

“We raised $130,000 last year,” says Kavanagh, who notes that last year's campaign reaped 301 donors who contributed through payroll or sent in a cheque during the campaign. “That's about 20 per cent participation,” she says. “I think we can do better than that.” She urges faculty and staff to take a second look at the many good projects that the United Way funds. She also points out that this year's payroll deduction form allows specific donations to other charities as well. “It's rather nice to get that tax form with all the charitable donations already itemized,” she says.

The campaign winds up on Nov. 4. Donors at SFU Burnaby who give $260 or more will have their name entered in a draw for a 2006 prepaid reserved parking spot in C lot or in the west mall complex.

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