Toronto Police raised $380,000 for this year’s United Way campaign.
Two Emergency Task Force officers rappelled inside police headquarters on December 14 to deliver the cheque to TPS United Way campaign chair Staff Superintendent Rick Stubbings
The money represented Service members’ contribution to this year’s campaign.
“This is a good day,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “This is an opportunity where we get to showcase the charitable hearts that we have that work within the Toronto Police Service. I want to thank you for your generosity and contributions to such a worthy cause…We have so many people in our city who are in need of help and United Way does just that.”
Saunders said his family benefited from United Way services.
“This is why this resonates with me and I am grateful for United Way and all that it does,” he added.
In accepting the cheque, United Way Toronto President & Chief Executive Officer Susan McIsaac thanked Service members for their donations.
“I think it is unique individuals that line up to be part of Toronto Police Service and I think it starts at the very top and it’s right across the organization with you, the people who give so much of yourself each and every single day,” said McIsaac. “My job at United Way is to mobilize resources across the community to ensure we can deliver this programming. So, I am always excited when I get a big cheque, especially if it comes from the roof.
“As important as the money, and it’s important, what you do every single day that helps us build strong communities across this great city and region is so important to us. We work with Toronto Police on the front lines and your officers and civilians are all with us every single day in every community. That makes all the difference in the world.”
Toronto Police Services Board chair Andy Pringle said they are delighted to support the excellent work of United Way.
This year, the board donated $10,000 from its special fund to the campaign.
“This is an organization whose focus is helping people,” Pringle said. “…As always, when we talk about charitable giving, it’s important to know that the money we give reaches those people directly and I am proud that the United Way of Greater Toronto strives to ensure that, as much as possible, every dollar raised goes directly to the community.”
Stubbings acknowledged his team for their dedicated volunteerism that contributed to improving the lives of citizens in the city.
“This is about safer neighbourhoods and making people self-sufficient and proud,” he said. “This is about enabling people to move on.”
The TPS fundraising focus is primarily based on payroll deductions and special events that include the stationary bike race, the CN Tower climb, book drives and craft sales, local barbecues and bake sales.
Toronto Police Association president Mark McCormack accepted a challenge from the TPS Senior Officers organization vice-chair Superintendent Scott Gilbert for next year’s bike race.
McCormack reminded Gilbert that his team finished second behind 41 Division’s Wheel Warriors in this year’s event.