United Way campaign ‘over the top’

'What a difference three weeks can make,' says Campaign Chair Vicky Ducharme

Pictured are members of Bluewater Cheer Athletics who are celebrating achievement of the fundraising goal for the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

It’s been a wild ride at the United Way Sarnia-Lambton this season, with a strong start followed by concerns that the $2 million campaign goal for 2017 would fall short.

Those concerns evaporated just a few weeks later with a surge in support and now the news that supporters have come through with the goal being reached earlier this week.

In fact, the campaign is expected to top out at 100.5% of the goal.

“What a difference three weeks can make,” said Vicky Ducharme, campaign chair. “We were behind the eight ball much of this campaign and the goal didn’t look possible, but the campaign team remained hopeful and we didn’t give up.”

Events such as the Poor Boy Lunch and the Drewlo Stair Climb are being cited as having made at least some of the difference.

“With what has been donated to date, and with the dollars that are anticipated to come in over the next two weeks, we are expected to finish off the year at $2,010,000,” said Dave Brown, executive director. “I can’t pinpoint one area that pushed us to our goal; it was truly a combined effort of the industrial and construction sectors, local businesses and individual donors. In fact, many first-time donors stepped up for the cause in December, helping the thermometer peak.”

United Way of Sarnia-Lambton funds 35 local programs and services provided by 19 agencies.

A complete list of United Way funded agencies and the audited financial report can be found at www.theunitedway.on.ca.

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