SUMMERSIDE – Federal public servants and retirees from the civil service kicked off their annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) in Summerside Thursday with a provincial goal to raise $291,000 for health-related charities and the United Way on P.E.I.
Nationally, campaign organizers hope to raise $21 million for the United Way and Healthpartners, a collaboration of 16 health charities, and any other Canadian registered charity.
“In many ways, taking part in the GCWCC is a natural extension of my work as a federal employee,” said Daniel Jean, national chairman of this year’s campaign. “The GCWCC is another way we can play a role in helping make this country better for everyone.”
“Federal public servants on Prince Edward Island take pride in being able to contribute to an important fundraising event and to reach this goal set by the organizers,” said Heath Coles, chairman of the GCWCC-PEI campaign. “Knowing that our contributions will make a difference locally helps make this a project government employees can get behind.”
“The support of federal government employees and retirees is imperative to the existence of the programs funded by the United Way of P.E.I.,” said its president Doug Burton.
“Funds collected in the campaign go directly to Island-based programs that help and support Island families.”
Over the past decade, the United Way of P.E.I. has funded 327 priority programs in the amount of almost $4 million. These priority programs have helped feed hungry children, promote disease prevention, provide health care for seniors, provided credit and therapeutic counselling and helped build homes for families through Habitat for Humanity.
Healthpartners P.E.I. is another recipient of funds raised through GCWCC contributions.
Healthpartners provides Canadians with the choice to direct their gifts towards improving the health of Canadians through payroll deductions or cash donations. Donors can choose to direct their money to the health organizations of their choice.
“Overall, the GCWCC makes a lasting impact on the health and well-being of Islanders, 87 per cent of whom will likely be affected by a major illness,” said provincial Healthpartners chairperson Terry Lewis.
“Our partners support more than 90 programs and services in the province. We welcome GCWCC support to provide for those who need it most.”