Scotiabank StairClimb attracts more superheroes than a ComiCon convention
Thursday, November 8 saw thousands of Everyday Heroes come together to raise $241,492 for local United Way funded programs and services. Dressed in full super-gear, these heroes assembled at One London Place to stand against unignorable issues in our community.
Nearly 2,000 individuals from more than 186 workplaces, United Way funded agencies, and supporters came out for the Scotiabank StairClimb for United Way, including TD Bank, Great-West Life and Western University. The London Lightning was on site leading warm-ups for the student climb, and Olympic athlete and Montcalm Secondary School alumni Damian Warner made a special appearance. Climbing a total of 472 steps, cape-wearing climbers collected pledges or donated directly to help improve lives locally.
“Our community is facing two issues that are unignorable: local poverty and barriers to youth success,” shares United Way CEO Kelly Ziegner. “London has the third highest child poverty rate in Canada, while 78% of our young people work in precarious jobs.” The annual fundraising event raises crucial dollars for United Way funded programs and services, bringing opportunity and hope to one in five local people each year.
Scotiabank StairClimb is London’s tallest all-day party and United Way’s biggest annual fundraiser. Last year the event raised over $224,000 for programs and services in our region.
United Way Elgin Middlesex is the region’s largest funder of non-governmental social services. Every year, United Way raises millions of dollars that are invested back into the community to improve lives locally. In 2018, the organization is investing in 96 life-changing programs that tackle systemic issues like local poverty and youth success at the root. United Way changes lives now, and for years to come.
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