Kicking off the United Way Campaign
Fanshawe started its annual United Way fundraising campaign with a bang on October 4 by holding the first fundraising event and announcing the campaign goal.
Three competitors stirred up their best beans for the annual chili cookoff. Students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality, cooks from the Oasis and chili masters from Chartwells had stations set up around the school. For $5, students, staff and visitors got a chili lunch.
The tasty afternoon ended with a judging panel to determine which group made the best chili. London Knights Captain Jarred Tinordi, London Majors GM Roop Chanderdat, FSU President Veronica Barahona and representatives from the United Way and Fanshawe College judged the three offerings, and declared Chartwells to be the winner. This is Chartwells' third victory in a row.
"It was a good experience," said Barahona. "The chili was amazing!"
After the chili was devoured, the campaign goal was announced. This year, Fanshawe aims to raise $105,000 for the United Way campaign. The organization helps to provide services for many people in communities across the country.
The chili lunch raised $2,116.50 for the campaign.
Barahona is confident in Fanshawe's ability to raise the money. "I'm sure that we will be able to achieve our $105,000 goal for this year," she said.
Last year's campaign goal of $100,000 was exceeded, with a total of $106,388 raised. Last year marked the first time Fanshawe attempted a six-figure donation. "Our collective donation assisted agencies that provide social services for children, families and individuals in many impact areas including poverty, mental health, youth and labour," Fanshawe College stated in a press release.
For more information about the United Way, visit unitedway.ca.