We saw a significant increase in the number of events that were held this year in support of the 2018 campaign. Lots of new volunteers resulted in some very creative events.
This year brought the second annual Souper Thursday event on Thursday, October 25. We had a souper turnout bringing in just over $1,500.
This event coincided with Thrive Week’s Walk for Mental Health. It was an excellent opportunity to support both initiatives, learn about what support are available through the United Way, and have lunch served by our ‘Celebrity Chefs’.
The United Way Waterloo Region and Communities campaign launched on Thursday, September 20 with their March of 1,000 umbrellas. A team of University of Waterloo employees showed their community support and marched 3 km along King Street from Waterloo Town Square to Kitchener City Hall. They showed off their Waterloo umbrellas the whole way.
President Hamdul-lather’s Natural Handcrafted Soap
You read that right! The President’s Office launched a line of artisanal soaps in support of the 2018 campaign. Six varieties of soap were handcrafted by the Office of the President, including Sweet Dream, Warrior soap and Wash, Innovate, Repeat.
This event was exceptionally well received across campus and sold out within hours.
A new initiative was implemented this year during Go Red Day, the official launch of our campaign. Student performers like Lyle Kam and The Little Berlin Band set up across campus and performed throughout the day. The performers added extra enthusiasm across campus during Go Red Day and was a great way to involve our students in the festivities.
Teal Goes Red
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences holds an annual event in support of the on-campus campaign. It is usually food related; this year they held a pancake breakfast.
The Provost’s Office held a Euchre Tournament on Tuesday, October 23. The first house rule was “Have fun; laughing aloud” but, things did get pretty competitive. The tournament was played out over a lunch hour with snacks and prizes.