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October 7, 2014 9:17 AM

Members from Lloydminster Rescue Squad, Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, Lloydminster Interval Home and Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre. - Jon Clarke Photo

United Way kicks off its October campaign with a flag raising at city hall

The Lloydminster and District United Way has kicked off its October campaign.

“Things seem to slow down a bit over the summer,” said Colleen Fulton, board president of the Lloydminster and District United Way. So, each October, the organization becomes devoted to raising awareness on what they do for their community through a number different activities around the city.

The first was an act symbolic of the relationship between this cherished non-profit organization and the City of Lloydminster; a flag-raising at City Hall.

In attendance were many representatives from member agencies and programs that are funded by United Way. Mayor Rob Saunders, who describes the United Way as the glue that keeps the Lloydminster community together, was also present to help raise the United Way flag. He addressed those in attendance concerning the positive impact that the non-profit organization has had not only on Lloydminster, but its surrounding communities as well.

“It’s almost predictable that United Way will be there to help,” Mayor Saunders said, of the consistent aid that the organization has provided to organizations throughout the city and area. “It’s not only a fundraiser, but a support system for the community.”

The following Friday saw the annual campaign kick-off pancake breakfast at The Singing Waitress Café. Volunteers from the many organizations that United Way helps were onsite to help cook and serve the food. Admission was by donation, with proceeds going to United Way.

“For our United Way, really what it means is building some awareness, that we’re here, what we do, who we try to help, getting the community involved.”

Nothing specific is planned for the rest of the month, however, the United Way will be working behind the scenes with different businesses, employee groups and other organizations to raise awareness.

“Husky is a great supporter of ours,” said Fulton. “They have an information session for all of their staff and they have the charities that the staff have the option to support.”

They will be there with a table display, ready to answer any questions they might have. Fulton encourages any businesses in Lloydminster and area to try and put on a similar events as a means of raising awareness for charities in the community.

“If it’s something you want to find out about, the United Way, because you’d maybe like to help us out, not a problem,” said Fulton.

“Give us a call at the office and we will make it happen.” The Lloydminster and District United Way can be contacted at (780) 875-3743.

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