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September 28, 2000   Squeegee for Centraide




Centraide Logo

Weekly draw
for Centraide donors

The odds are way, way better than Loto-Québec, especially in the first weeks, so get those pledge cards in early!
Prizes will include dinner for two, sportswear, gift certificates and some surprises. Draws will be made October 13, 20 and 27, and November 3.

Winners will be announced as they’re drawn — watch this space.


by Barbara Black

Montreal’s Centraide campaign kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, with a mass event, La Marche des Mille Parapluies — The March of 1,000 Umbrellas — a parade from the corner of McGill and Ste. Catherine Sts. to Complex Desjardins. Bring a big red-and-white Concordia umbrella and join the fun. You’ll be prepared for the weather, no matter what it is!

Concordia’s Centraide committee has planned its own ways to raise money and awareness. Ann M. Bennett is setting up a raffle (see ad at left). She and Patricia Posius have also rounded up teams to clean the windshields of cars going into the J.W. McConnell and Loyola parking lots on October 19. If you want to join them (Imagine the pleasure of squeegeeing your boss’s car and then asking for money), please contact them.

Last year, only 12 per cent of Concordians gave to Centraide, the umbrella organization that funds 250 social agencies in the Montreal area. The average gift was $186.79, or about $7 a paycheque, for a total of $43,266.

How did we stack up against our neighbours? At McGill, a total of $167,191 was pledged. The rate of participation was slightly lower than ours, 11 per cent, but the average donation was higher, $230.13, or nearly $9 a paycheque.

Over at the École Polytechnique and the École des Hautes Études, the participation rates were an impressive 26.9 and 27.3 per cent respectively. While these are smaller schools, and their average donation was modest, the figures tell you something about their responsiveness to this important annual appeal.

As for donors outside the universities, some large companies, such as Hydro-Québec and Pratt & Whitney, post annual participation rates by employees of 90 per cent or more.
The most efficient and painless way to give is through a payroll deduction. Any day now, you’ll get a letter and a payroll deduction form. You may also be reminded by one of your colleagues. These campaign volunteers are going to be primed with an orientation luncheon on October 11.

Over the next few weeks, Concordia Centraide volunteers will speak at council meetings around the campus to explain why this massive campaign is so important.

The agencies that depend of Centraide vary widely — food banks, soup kitchens, citizens’ advocacy, projects to keep children in schools, and many more. We’ll be telling you more about some of them in CTR as the campaign at Concordia proceeds.








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