United in Fundraising

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. September 17, 2016

The annual Toronto Police United Way of Toronto & York Region fundraising campaign kicked off on September 12 a faux Games in the Service’s courtyard.

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TPS athletes competed in events like the pool noodle throw

As part of the “Rio in T.O” Olympic theme, eight Service members competed in four novelty events to promote the campaign that runs through the fall to help support social programs for young people, newcomers and seniors, among others.

“This is a lot of fun for a terrific cause,” said Christine Mercier, of Professional Standards. “The goals of Toronto Police and United Way are very closely aligned and they really do work to help the community in any way possible. This is a really important cause and I am so happy to be a participant.”

Service members have donated almost $5 million over the past decade to the campaign.

Service members competed in a min-Olympics to kick off United Way Toronto & York Region fundraising

“I think it’s important that employees should give because Untied Way does help the community and our work really does depend on working with the community,” added Mercier. “So the more resources we can put out there, the better it is for everyone. This is the city that we live and work in and we want to make it good, happy and a safe place. United Way helps that.”

Inspector Reuben Stroble is this year’s campaign chair.

“I think it’s important for Service members to give to United Way because they understand the challenges that people go through every single day such as the hardships that people have and the crisis that people find themselves in,” he said. “We in policing understand that more than anyone else and this is the reason why we need to help and give to United Way.”

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Christine Mercier, centre, was among the competitors in the faux Games

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.

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Lone Star provided food for athletes and fans at the kickoff
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