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United Way column for Saturday, September 17
The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign kick off is less than a week away and already the campaign is approaching the 20% mark of the 2022 Needs Target.
“Our campaign will officially kick off on Tuesday, with the Day of Caring, and we expect to be over the 20% mark by that date,” said Vicky Ducharme, the 2022 United Way campaign chair.
Ducharme said that the Day of Caring is back after a two-year absence; 150 volunteers from the community will assist a number of agencies as well as at the homes of Seniors and those with disabilities to help with general maintenance and housekeeping type of duties.
The Imperial employee campaign has just kicked off with a barbeque, 50-50 draws, and the dunk tank. The Imperial employees are off to a good start with their pledges and grab and go lunches.
The Enbridge employee campaign kick off will take place this week.  The Enbridge United Way classic car show was held on Saturday and raised over $8100. “Organizers at Enbridge deserve a thank you for planning such a well run event that raised so much money,” said Ducharme. “I’d like to thank each and every employee who came out that day, their family members, several retirees, and of course the Enbridge corporation for their support and a sponsorship of the event.  We did not have a car show the last couple of years, so it’s great to see that enthusiasm and successful return this year, “she said.  More than 210 cars registered for the event and countless spectators came out to support the United Way and view the classic cars.
Currently, the United Way campaign has reached 19% of its $1,650,000 Needs Target.  “I am pleased to say that we have raised $313,000 so far, and I am confident that we will surpass the 20% mark by the end of the Day of Caring on Tuesday,” Ducharme said.
Ducharme said a number of first time donors and events are also taking place later this fall including a Financial Literacy and Positive Mind Set seminar to be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022. At 7:00 PM.
“According to the RFG Team, the group putting on the seminar, Revolution to Free Generations, (RFT) is a movement created by people for people. Their brand strives to empower, enrich, and educate individuals on the financial markets and a wealth mentality. They have set out to leave a positive impact on the world. Promoting optimism & opportunity, offering additional streams of income, a strong network of driven individuals, discounted travelling & much more. They hope to lead you on the path to success,” said Ducharme.  Ducharme added that she understands there will be information on investing in Crypto Currency, Artificial Intelligence, and a variety of other financial topics.
Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door and the entire ticket revenue will be donated to the United Way.  For more information, and to order tickets from the company’s Eventbrite web page, pleas click:, or visit the United Way website at
“We are grateful to all local businesses looking for creative ways to support and donate to the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, “Ducharme said.
The United Way at Sarnia-Lambton campaign will run until the end of the year.

Peter McGill throws the first of several baseballs at the target to dunk Ryan Klue; all part of the fun at the Imperial Employee United Way campaign kickoff.  Imperial employees are the largest United Way campaign in Lambton County and the BBQ raised over $6,300 including the proceeds from the Dunk Tank.United