Thanks Halifax: United Way surpasses fundraising goal - Metro US

Thanks Halifax: United Way surpasses fundraising goal

United Way donors in the Halifax area dug deep in 2008 and came up with more than $5.8 million.

And the agency hopes we’ll do it again next year.

“It was exhilarating to come up with a goal and to exceed it. The sobering part of it is that the goal is directly related to the need. It does give you an indication of how great the need is,” CTV anchor Steve Murphy, United Way campaign co-chair, told Metro News.

Murphy and his co-chair, Credit Union Atlantic president Jamie Baillie, have signed up again to helm the 2009 campaign.

It may be a tough sell, with the economy expected to be sluggish all year, but Murphy says that’s even more reason to donate.

“The duty of society is only greater in difficult economic times, to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.”

Murphy said by staying on, he and Baillie hope they’ll be able to get the 2009 campaign started earlier, because they already understand how the agency works.

No goal has been set for the 2009 campaign. The United Way said last year, it had 30 per cent more requests for funding than it had money to offer the agencies it helps.

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