March 4, 2020
Windsor, ON –Courageous climbers from across Windsor-Essex County stepped up in support of eliminating childhood poverty at the annual iClimb for United Way event, held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
The signature fundraising 1000-step climb has raised $40,000 so far this year, and over $450,000 throughout its 11-year history. The event is meant to bolster a sense of community, promote healthy living and raise money for children and youth experiencing poverty in the local community. Census data (2016) indicates that 1 in 5 kids in Windsor-Essex County are living in poverty – the rate is as high as 1 in 2 in some local neighbourhoods.
There were 23 workplace teams and 850 students participating in a day of climbing and fun-filled team-building activities. This year was especially exciting as United Way introduced a new element. Individuals and teams competed in a variety of high-intensity circuits, in addition to the stair climb. The circuits were designed to challenge the participants both mentally and physically, and included an agility ladder, rowing machine, and moose antler toss. One team and one individual male and female will earn the title iClimb Circuit Challenge Champion this year.
The community really values this event and we’ve had more community partners join us this year than ever before,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “United Way donors and iClimb participants continue to show their support year after year, ensuring kids get the help they need to succeed.”
Proceeds from this year’s event will support local programs focused on children, youth and families in the areas that need the most help – Downtown Windsor, West Windsor and Leamington. This includes After-School programs, the local food bank network and mental health counselling.
2020 was another exceptional year for volunteer participation and community partners coming together to run the event, with over 200 volunteers and 23 community organizations lending a hand, including Windsor Police Services, Planet Fitness, Refine Fitness and St. Clair College. Reliance Home Comfort was this year’s lead sponsor.
To learn more about all the donors and volunteers making a difference at this event, visit United Way’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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