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City of Burlington Staff Kick Off Campaign


City of Burlington staff kick off this year’s United Way campaign with a fire truck pull and barbecue on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Last year, the city’s roads and parks maintenance truck-pull crew edged out the Burlington Fire Department squad by mere seconds. This year, fire looks to regain the title.

The event is being held to support the city’s employee campaign goal of $65,000 for the United Way of Burlington, Greater Hamilton.

“Burlingtonians have a great history of giving,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “And city staff really go the extra mile to raise funds and awareness for the United Way – all while having fun.”

Activities take place on Brant Street and in Civic Square on Thursday, September 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teams will pull a five-tonne fire truck just over 15 metres (50 feet) along Brant Street in the quickest time possible. Last year a record nine teams took part – 15 people per team for a total of 135 entrants.

The event is expected to raise about $5,000 towards the 2012 goal of $65,000.


Special thanks to this year’s barbecue sponsors:

  • Barbecues provided by Pat’s Party Rentals
  • Recreation Leisure Services Ltd.
  • Voortman Cookies
  • D&T Catering
  • Fortinos – Plains Road
  • McDonalds – Guelph Line

For more than 16 years, the City of Burlington has endorsed the United Way employee campaign. The United Way is an umbrella organization that funds many agencies and services where its effects are felt throughout Burlington. The United Way reduces costly and time-consuming fundraising efforts for agencies so their time can be spent helping others.



Communications Contact:
Larissa Coulen
Communications Assitant
905-335-7600 x. 7381 


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