A great day at Winnipeg’s 2017 Plane Pull & Kickoff!

A little rain could not dampen the spirits of generous Winnipeggers who pulled together to raise a record amount for youth mental health!

Thousands of Winnipeggers and 68 teams of pullers showed their support for our city today at the 14th Annual Plane Pull and Kickoff for United Way Winnipeg’s 2017 Campaign.

Almost $60,000 was raised by participants, a record amount (with more to come in the next week!) All the money raised will create more mental health support for youth, one of the four priority areas in United Way’s Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

“Thank you for being here to show your love for our community and your dedication to pulling together for a better Winnipeg for all of us,” said Colin Ryan, United Way’s volunteer chair for the 2017 Campaign, flanked on stage by the 2017 Campaign Cabinet.

“More and more, Winnipeggers are reaching out with kindness every single day; sharing our pride and shaping a Winnipeg we can all be proud to call home.

That’s exactly the spirit of United Way, and the reason I’m so proud to be involved.

It’s all about Winnipeggers helping Winnipeggers. Because there are times in ALL our lives when we may need a little help.”

Payworks earned the Top Fundraising title.

Payworks earned the Top Fundraising title.

Payworks was the top fundraising team with an amazing $10,801 raised, while top individual fundraisers were Ken Reddig, $2,250; Dee dela Cruz, $1,775; Trevor MacHutchon, $1620; Trisha Davey, 1,534.70; and Lauren Himbeault, $1,505.

The Team Spirit award was taken down by Bell MTS.

Also note there is STILL TIME TO FUNDRAISE and win some amazing prizes! You have until Friday, September 22 at 4 p.m. to qualify for a super sweet Rocky Mountain trip. Fundraise to earn extra chances to win this incredible prize courtesy of VIA Rail and Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd.

The fastest pullers on the two planes were Richardson International, who pulled the Lockheed C-130 Hercules 20 feet in a smoking 9.15 seconds, and the 17 Wing Winnipeg 1 team who flew the Boeing 727 in 7.75 seconds. See all results below.

Wawanesa Insurance, the Presenting Sponsor for the day, fielded a spirited team in blue.

Wawanesa Insurance, the Presenting Sponsor for the day, fielded a spirited team in blue.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for making it a great day, and a special thank you to Red River College and their Stevenson Campus for their hard work and hospitality again this year!


Boeing 727

17 Winnipeg Winnipeg 1 7.75
Western Marble and Tile 8.36
National Bank Financial 8.63
17 Wing Winnipeg 2 8.86
Standard Aero 8.9
Toromont Cat 9.06
Epic – Bell MTS 9.09
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP 9.15
Canada Revenue Agency 9.15
Workers Compensation Board 9.18
Boeing 9.21
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. 9.27
Quintex 9.3
University of Winnipeg 9.36
Birchwood Credit Solution 9.36
Royal Canadian Mint 9.56
CIBC 9.57
New Flyer 9.57
Royal Canadian Mounted Police 9.66
Wellington-Altus Private Wealth 9.66
Manitoba E-Health 9.84
PCL 10.03
Motor Coach Industries 10.12
Number Ten Architectural Group 10.15
Princess Auto 1 10.18
TD Canada Trust 10.18
HUB International 10.18
Bell MTS 10.3
Johnston Group 10.39
Princess Auto 2 10.42
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 10.42
Fillmore Riley LLP 10.45
Online Business Systems 10.48
Pluri-Elles 10.53
Canad Inns 10.75
EIC Shared Services 10.78
Manulife Financial 10.81
Mantioba Blue Cross 10.87
United Way Staff 10.87
People Corporation 10.93
United Way GenNext 11
AAA Alarms 11.36
MLT Aikins 11.66
Taylor McCaffrey 11.72
The Dufresne Group 11.78
Health Sciences Centre 11.9
CNIB 12.33
Cargill Limited 12.72
Canadian Mental Health Association 13.72

Hercules C-130

Richardson International 9.15
Manitoba Hydro 9.48
Red River College 9.82
Northwest Company 10
RBC 10.51
Bold Commerce 10.6
Deloitte 10.63
MNP 10.75
Stantec 10.81
Manitoba Public Insurance 10.84
United Way Winnipeg Cabinet 11
National Leasing 11.03
Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology 11.09
Cambrian Credit Union 11.33
United Way Agency Team 11.36
Payworks 11.45
Marymound 11.93
Color Ad Packaging 12.36
Wawanesa 12.81
Great West Life Assurance Company 13.02


And thank you to all the wonderful sponsors!

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