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<p>The United Way’s overall campaign may be tracking a little under target, but it got a big boost yesterday from the capital’s National Defence workers.</p>

United Way campaign gets influx from DND



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Sponsorship co-ordinator Nicole Roy writes the fundraising total to close the National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign.





The United Way’s overall campaign may be tracking a little under target, but it got a big boost yesterday from the capital’s National Defence workers.





The National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign announced a record fundraising total yesterday, with more than $1.384 million raised within the department in a span of seven weeks.





A record number of fundraising events pushed the total almost $300,000 higher than the goal, said campaign leader Colonel Phil Campbell.





“Many of the military folks are from across Canada,” said Campbell, who is himself from Edmonton. “So when (they) look at the fact that (donations) have opportunity to help all those communities through the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC), it really helps.”





The defence funds will be added to the GCWCC total, which will be announced on Nov. 21. National Defence is the largest contributor of 108 government departments in the National Capital Region to the campaign.





“We’ll be raising $18 million this year, so $1.4 million is a huge contribution,” said Helene Boggia, GCWCC director for the National Capital Region.





Most funds raised by the GCWCC benefits the United Way campaign, which wraps up on Nov. 28.





“We’ll have to wait and see where others are at, but we’re hopeful,” Michael Allen, president and CEO of the United Way, said of the campaign hitting its overall $29.7 million goal.





“We’re still tracking that we might be a little bit shy on achievement day. That’s not usual for us, we’ll work hard. Campaigns like this that come in ahead of their goal certainly help.”


 
 
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