The Mega 50/50 draw has left one very lucky person $3,510 richer. The large cheque was presented to Lieutenant (Navy) Julie Nadeau on Oct. 12 at the Garrison Petawawa Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign final event, a spaghetti lunch. The other half of the funds will be given to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre through the Renfrew County United Way. From left are 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, Lt (N) Nadeau and Renfrew County United Way Executive Director Patricia Lafreniere. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Garrison Petawawa campaign for the Renfrew County United Way drew to a close with a fundraising spaghetti lunch at Normandy Court. 4th Canadian Division Support Group Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner helped serve up pasta.(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Garrison Petawawa fundraising campaign for United Way wraps up
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Though the total isn’t in yet, 4th Canadian Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Louis Lapointe is confident Petawawa’s Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign in support of the Renfrew County United Way (RCUW) will meet its goal.
The 2017 campaign goal was set at $65,000. “It is hard to say how much we are at, but the campaign went really well,” he said, adding they must wait for each unit to hand in their funds before tallying the results.
Col Lapointe was pleased to see so many people support such a great cause. “We are part of the community,” said Col Lapointe. “We live here, we work here and these are our people. There are so many ways to give. “People can see the impact on their community when they give,” he added.
In much the same way it started, the campaign drew to a close with a community meal, this time a spaghetti lunch on Oct. 12. Soldiers and civilians alike were invited to take part in the meal with proceeds being collected for United Way. “It is a great way for us to come together,” said Col Lapointe.
The winner of the Mega 50/50 was also announced. Lieutenant (Navy) Julie Nadeau was the lucky winner and took home $3,510. “It is great to think that half of that money will be going to people who need it,” said Lt (N) Nadeau. “And people around us will be very happy. It will be a good Christmas.”
The other half of the collected funds will be presented to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC), said Renfrew County United Way Executive Director Patricia Lafreniere. “I think this year’s campaign has been like every other campaign where they over-excelled,” said Lafreniere. “I’d like to thank the hardworking people at Garrison Petawawa who helped us with the campaign.” “Year after year, they outperform,” she added.
The RCUW’s goal for this year is $405,000 and the organization will be accepting funds well into December.
RCUW funds are distributed through a number of local agencies that deliver health and social services projects and services to people in need.