15 Wing kicks off an­nual work­place char­ity cam­paign

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If you see men and women dressed in mil­i­tary cloth­ing man­ning check-out stalls at Su­per­store and Safe­way next month, take note – it’s all part of one of the largest char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion drives in the coun­try.

Per­son­nel from 15 Wing Moose Jaw kicked off their an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign on Oct. 5 in front of close to 100 stu­dents, sup­port staff and dig­ni­taries in the O.B. Philip com­plex atrium, with at­ten­dees re­ceiv­ing a run­down of how to do­nate and some of the ac­tiv­i­ties they’ll be tak­ing part in this year.

“We’re mem­bers of the mil­i­tary and we’re al­ways look­ing for ways to give back to the com­mu­nity ev­ery way we can and this is a way we can do that,” said cam­paign or­ga­nizer Capt. Greg Donker. “It’s es­pe­cially nice in that it fo­cusses on the lo­cal as­pect, as well as the na­tional as­pect, so it’s pretty awe­some we can do this and help out the com­mu­nity.” The cam­paign is part of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada Work­place Char­i­ta­ble Cam­paign, which sees dif­fer­ent gov­ern­men- tal branches all uniting to raise funds for char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions. Lo­cally, that in­cludes the YMCA, Hu­mane So­ci­ety, Tran­si­tion House and the United Way, which fur­ther dis­trib­utes do­na­tions un­der its um­brella.

The event – which runs un­til Nov. 30 – is aim­ing to raise around $40,000 af­ter bring­ing in over $30,000 last year. Through­out Saskatchewan, the cam­paign brings in close to $500,000 an­nu­ally. Donker was quick to point out that those look­ing to do­nate to this 15 Wing cause can be both from the base it­self, as well as the com­mu­nity. Civil­ians are more than wel­come to make do­na­tions, which is part of why 15 Wing per­son­nel will be tak­ing part in their gro­cery bag­ging stint from Nov. 1-4.

“Any­one can come on by and talk to us there and do­nate if they like; they can also con­tact us at the base or any of the other events in the com­mu­nity,” Donker said.

15 Wing is also hold­ing a hockey pool and will be host­ing a curl­ing bon­spiel; civil­ians are wel­come to take part in both. Or­ga­niz­ers made sure the kick-off it­self was mem­o­rable, too: the event closed with a pie-in-the-face bid­ding war that saw four high-rank­ing of­fi­cials – in­clud­ing 15 Wing com­man­der De­nis O’Reilly and deputy com­man­der John Hall – ‘lose’ and en­dure the whipped cream mess. The bat­tle raised more than $1000. See­ing the top brass at the base get right into things was some­thing Donker hopes is a sign of things to come. “We’d re­ally like to see ev­ery­one at 15 Wing get in­volved, in­clud­ing civil­ians,” he said. “This is one of those things where ev­ery lit­tle bit helps, and if we can get the kind of sup­port we’ve had in the past, we know it’ll be a suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

Any­one look­ing to make a do­na­tion or for more in­for­ma­tion on events can call 15 Wing at 306-694-2222.

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