Yesterday saw London’s biggest all day party taking place – and COVID-19 couldn’t do anything to stop it. TD StairClimb for United Way, a community wide, annual event running 25 years now, continued its virtual format from last year with hundreds of ‘climbers’ transitioning their ‘Step Up’ activity to a 10-minute stair climbing session hosted by FitClub BootCamps.
And while the event might look a little different than previous years when hundreds of climbers gathered at One London Place to tackle the 472 steps to the top, pandemic gathering restrictions just couldn’t stop local people from participating online from home, the office or even outside!
TD StairClimb is an exciting day that gets people out and moving for our community. This is our 25th year and it’s been so much fun looking back over the great memories we’ve built together.
President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex
COVID-19 has amplified issues like poverty, mental health and intimate partner violence that were hurting our community even before the pandemic. In our region, one in five children live in poverty and requests for subsidized counselling at Daya Counselling Centre are up 20-25% since the start of the pandemic. For many, it seems that a recovery is taking place – but for many others, these past 18 months have only widened the gap between thriving and just getting by.
The United Way is an important pillar of our community. Anytime we take part in an event like TD StairClimb, make a donation, or volunteer our time, we are giving back to those most in need. Your support, whether participating or donating, makes a huge difference in our community.
President, 3M Canada
Thousands of community members have taken part in TD StairClimb for United Way since it’s conception in 1996, with over $2.8 million raised for United Way funded programs and services serving people across our region. Over 100,000 people used a United Way funded service last year alone, that’s more than one in five of us getting the support we needed, when we needed it.
Didn’t get a chance to take part but want to help your community? You can still make a donation until November 12, online.