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Garrison Petawawa wraps up campaign

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

GARRISON PETAWAWA – It started with breakfast, and now it ended with lunch.

 

On Thursday at Normandy Court, the month-long Garrison Petawawa National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign in support of the Renfrew County United Way, ended with a wrap up spaghetti lunch.

At noon, 4th Canadian Division Support Group Commander Col. Louis Lapointe and formation sergeant-major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner took time out of their busy schedule to serve up lunch, showing their support for the cause at the last official event of the campaign.

“This is one of the ways to show our care for the community,” Col. Lapointe said. Taking part in the United Way campaign touches people's lives more effectively, and is a great way for them to come together as well.

The 4 CDSG commander said keeping their campaign on a tight month-long focus is more effective for them, and ensures it isn't a drawn out affair.

Capt. Isabelle Jean, the campaign's deputy chairwoman, said while the campaign may be over now, it isn't really done until all of the counting has been completed.

She said to date, the garrison has reached 50 per cent of its $65,000 goal, but the contributions of many military units have still not been counted as of yet, and some have asked for extensions to complete that work.

“The campaign is over, so now the counting begins, including what was raised by today's lunch event,” she said.

Capt. Jean said she expects they will have a total finalized by December.

During the wrap up event, the winner of the Mega 50-50 draw was announced. Lt. (Navy) Julie Nadeau received $3,500 from the draw, with the remaining $3,500 going to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, which is a United Way agency.

The bulk of the United Way's contributions comes from workplace campaigns, particularly from Garrison Petawawa and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, as well as donations from service clubs, organizations, businesses and United Way member agencies.

The Renfrew County United Way campaign goal is to raise $405,000 by the touchdown event date of Dec. 10.

SUhler@postmedia.com