Colleagues come together to support the Front and Centre campaign
Team building and fun at the heart of campus fundraising events
From raising football cheers to chasing down the competition on the dodgeball court, faculty and staff continue to find entertaining ways to rally support for the Front and Centre campaign, collectively raising more than $7.9 million thus far.
Grassroots efforts that draw together U of M departments and faculties have come in a variety of forms. On February 11, staff from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management spent the lunch hour in a heated dodgeball match, while back in November Human Resources staff hosted a pre-Grey Cup tailgate party. The common theme: entry to each event was a pledge form in support of the Front and Centre campaign.
“Our staff like to plan activities that create a great team atmosphere,” said Greg Juliano, associate vice-president of the human resources department. “There are really concrete, exciting things being done through the campaign and they felt it was good to try and do something to support it.”
Decked out in Bomber and Bison gear, HR staff feasted on chilli and chips and watched highlights from classic football games.
The Active Living Centre is one of the most visible projects being supported through the campaign, so it’s no wonder that colleagues from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management chose to do an active, maybe even slightly competitive fundraiser. Participants split into squads of five, sprinted through the gym, launched dodgeballs at opponents and ducked challengers’ shots over an energetic lunch hour.
“We have a staff group who are dedicated to organizing events, team-building exercises and fundraisers that support a number of community-focused projects,” said Doug Brown, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. “It really comes as no surprise that members of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management have distinguished themselves again through their support and commitment to the Front and Centre campaign.”
Read more about the Front and Centre campaign, including the Active Living Centre.