Downtown London was filled with people wearing bright colours and 90’s outfits this afternoon. They were all taking part in Scotiabank’s StairClimb for United Way.
This year marked the 20th anniversary for the stair climb which see’s people start from the bottom of One London Place and make their way up 25 floors and 472 steps.
Many members of the community came out for the event including local business workers, schools, and London’s very own basketball team, London Lightning.
“It benefits the community because we get to show our support to everybody and let them know how much the community means to us,” says the London Lightning’s guard, Tyshawn Patterson.
Participants were asked to form teams and collect a minimum pledge of $40 per person. Over 2,000 Londoner’s came out to the event and showed their support.
“1 in 5 people use the United Way service each year, so that’s about 85,000 people. That’s a pretty astounding number and that could be your friend, your neighbour, or even you one day,” says Kelly Ziegner, who is the director of community engagement at United Way London and Middlesex.
The fundraising goal for United Way this year is $9.1-million.
For more information on the United Way you can visit their website at www.unitedwaylm.ca