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iMove for United Way raises over $25K for Ignite Academy

March 10, 2023

Windsor, ON – United Way’s third annual signature fundraising event – iMove for United Way presented by St. Clair College and St. Clair College Alumni Association – raised $25,415 (and counting) throughout February and March. Funds raised through the event will help local children through Ignite Academy.

iMove for United Way engaged community members to move for over 8,000 minutes as part of the virtual fundraiser. Whether participants ran, walked their dog, practiced yoga, played wheelchair basketball or danced in their living room, the goal was to get moving for kid’s sake.

The event focused on the importance of being physically active and the positive impact it can have on your health. Participants were challenged to engage in any physical activity for 200 minutes or more over 14 days, while collecting pledges to support Ignite Academy.

“Once again, our community has generously stepped up to help local kids. Thanks to the event participants and donors, we are able to support local kids from across Windsor-Essex through Ignite Academy,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “We were so pleased to see people set aside time in their day to get up and get moving. Prioritizing our health by bringing daily activity into our lives provides many benefits, both mentally and physically.”

To view pictures of some of the incredible people who joined the #iMove23 challenge, visit the iMove photo gallery or check out the #iMove23 hashtag on Instagram and Twitter. Congratulations to the Top Individual Fundraiser, Sandra Sahli who raised $2,735 before the March 6 deadline. She won a GIANT Escape 3 commuter/urban bike.  The Top Fundraising Team was the Retired Members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, which raised $2,735.

Additional iMove prize winners include:

  • Libro Credit Union ($300 team prize)
  • Tara Anne Glasgow (Top Activity Points recipient who won a Wellness Pack valued at ($340)

Individual prize winners including:

  • Kylie Mann who won a 1-year membership to Planet Fitness
  • Justina Desjardins who won an Apple Watch SE
  • Paul Thompson who won a round of 18 holes at Dominion Golf & Country Club
  • Anne McLachlan who won a $100 Running Factory Gift Card
  • Joanna Weiser who won a $100 gift card to The Keg
  • Jorleny Pantula and Trevor Pittman who each won a $50 gift card to Oven 360

Visit the Leaderboard to see all the top participants and teams.

Despite the great educational support local kids receive while in school, data shows that in some neighbourhoods 36% of children are behind in reading and writing, and 58% are behind in math. For kids in some neighbourhoods, there are barriers beyond their control that make it extremely difficult to keep up with their peers academically. Ignite Academy was built to directly impact some of these startling statistics. Funds raised from iMove will support local children currently in the program and build capacity to expand the program into more schools and neighbourhoods to help even more kids.

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