May 22, 2012

A worldwide day of action

United Way Worldwide Day of Action - June 21, 2012

United Way of Calgary and Area has initiated incredible events that tie into this year's United Way Worldwide Day of Action, which takes place on June 21, 2012.

Last year, more then 258 United Ways in the United States participated in this day.  As this day continues to grow, we believe it is important for Calgarans to become involved in the movement that engages millions of people and sparks action in thousands of communities.

 

Here is what we're doing:

Social Innovation Ideas Festival 2012 - Engage, Inspire and Stimulate Action

Calgary's first ever Social Innovation Ideas Festival will be a think tank and catalyst for action that brings together a vibrant mix of people, projects and organizations from all sectors. The purpose is to seek innovative solutions to pressing problems and mobilize Calgarians to solve them. The objective of the event is to engage, educate and excite people to reach a higher level of innovation in resolving social issues by engaging the best minds, inspiring great ideas and by stimulating action.

This pivotal, invitation only, event will bring together 150 top community leaders, thinkers, strategists from a variety of dynamic and diverse disciplines to generate, discuss and share ideas that will act as a catalyst for inspiring bold social action around the festival's theme:  YOUNG CITY. GREAT CITY. YOUR CITY.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Richard Florida, renowned economist, author and pre-eminent urban theorist, and Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide.

 

United Way Employee Day of Caring®

Our employees have partnered with a local community association to spend June 21st  helping to build a new playground.  This playground is a very important part of the community and is a hub for children and parents to socialize with one another, share stories and support one another. It is an Action event helping kids be all they can be and building healthy people strong communities. 

  

Plane Pull 2012 - Pulling for U

Calgary’s first ever “Pulling for U Plane Pull” competition and Family Fun Fair will take place Sunday, June 24th.  Teams of 15 “pullers” will compete by pulling a massive Airbus A300 (180,000 lbs) over a distance of 25 feet in the least amount of time.  They will be coached by Marshall Ennis, Event MC and Strongman Champion.  Teams will be fundraising prior to the event. Sponsors include UPS, The Calgary Airport Authority, NCS Oilfield Services and United Way.