Govan Brown


On Wednesday, October 29, Govan Brown employees took to the stairwells of downtown Toronto to raise money for the United Way. The climb, which took place in four different business towers in the core, combined to be over 231 flights of stairs and our participants, being the champs that they are, tackled every single set with enthusiasm. Beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon, our stair-stepping stars (Katrina, Ryan, Sarah, Jessica and Tyler) were first challenged by the intimidating 72 set staircase of First Canadian Place. That feat was then proceeded by a modest (in camparison) 50 sets in Commerce Court West, 54 sets in the TD Canada Trust North Tower, and finally, a

grueling 55 sets in the Toronto Dominion Centre that took all the cardiovascular stamina of our lot to the limit. By 5:30, our team had exhausted their fuel and conquered the challenge of ascending four skyscapers in the name of charity. By the end of the day, the total fundraising efforts of the United Way stair climb totaled $68,000, all of which will go to support the building of healthy communities.
About the United Way:
United Way campaigns raise money for local groups that address community issues and problems, and the national organization provides  leadership, services and coordination to the members. In Canada, United Ways and

Centraides are led and supported by more than 200,000 volunteers all dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in their community. Volunteers sit on United Way-Centraide boards, work on local fundraising campaigns, and help out in other capacities. Each United Way-Centraide is responsible to its own community, raising the resources and distributing it back to their community. Each year, United Ways and Centraides raise upwards of $480 million, the majority of which is reinvested in local communities to support programs and services.
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