United Way Stair Climb: Taking it one step at a time

By Mphatso Mlotha

Hearts were pumping, legs were stretched and cheers roared as faculty, staff and students stepped their way up 472 stairs at One London Place on November 4, helping to raise funds for Western’s United Way campaign.

“The United Way Stair Climb is the largest and most well known annual fundraiser for the organization,” explains Brigitte Kok Madsen, Western Engineering’s team captain. “This year marked its 15th anniversary of the event. It was fun to be part of the magic again this year.”

Western Engineering’s 2010 team consisted of 7 climbers:
Karen Murray - Undergraduate Services
Chris Vandelaar- University Machine Shop
Dean Andy Hrymak- Dean’s Office
Sue Chapman- Dean’s Office
Brigitte Kok Madsen- Electrical & Computer Engineering
Whymark Austen- Advancement Services (Honorary Climber)
Frans Olafson - Sweden (Honorary Climber)

The United Way Stair Climb unites participants from all over the city fostering a sense of community and team spirit. Raising funds in a fun and collaborative forum is a great team building exercise and allows the community to give back all at the same time.

“The team, albeit quite a bit smaller than I have seen in the past two years, did very well with both the fundraising and the climbing,” said Kok Madsen.

At the completion of the event, Western Engineering’s team raised $1,319. Honorary climber, Whymark Austen, shone as the star fundraiser, raising $330.00.

For more information about the United Way campaign, please visit http://www.eng.uwo.ca/unitedway/

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.: Allison Stevenson
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