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Victoria's 2nd 'Chopper Challenge' Helicopter Pull for United Way

Oct 7, 2010



Back by popular demand, the Victoria Airport Authority and 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron are once again joining forces to host Victoria’s second ‘Chopper Challenge’ to raise money and awareness for the United Way of Greater Victoria and the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign – United Way (GCWCC-UW).     

Airport tenants, members of the Greater Victoria Defence Team, GCWCC-UW representatives and United Way representatives have been invited to flex their muscles for a good cause by putting together a team of 10 people, raising funds, and participating in this fun and grueling event.  Teams will compete to be the fastest team to pull a 21,000 lb. CH-124 Sea King helicopter 75 feet across the tarmac.  All proceeds will go to support local programs funded by the GCWCC-UW and the United Way of Greater Victoria. 

There will be prizes, raffle draws, team photo ops, and a barbecue for the participants and guests, proudly sponsored by Save On Foods.  The Jenner Chevrolet rolling BBQ flame truck will be on site.  Jack Knox of the Victoria Times Colonist will be the guest presenter for the United Way, helping to kick off the event.

Date:                     Saturday,   October 16, 2010
Kickoff:                 2:00 PM
Location:              443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron - Main Hangar
(on Kittyhawk Road -  West Camp - Victoria International Airport)

Directions:  North on Pat Bay Highway, left on McTavish Road to East Saanich Rd., right onto East Saanich around the roundabout onto Willingdon Road, along Willington to Kittyhawk Rd., right onto Kittyhawk and follow the road to the hangar – come early for a good parking spot.   Make sure you dress for the weather! 

This year the United Way’s goal is to raise $6.2 Million to support family and community well-being; to strengthen community-based services for mental health and addictions; and to help develop housing solutions for the region’s many homeless, low-income and working poor.

For more information, please contact:

Melinda Orlowski of the Victoria Airport Authority at (250) 953-7524 or cell: 250-882-6357 (day of event)
Sgt. Patricia Kyle of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at (250) 363-6667 or  
Lt. David Anderson at (250) 363- 6610

We hope to see you there!

Melinda Orlowski
Employee Campaign Chair and Event Coordinator for United Way
Victoria Airport Authority
201 - 1640 Electra Boulevard

Sidney, BC   V8L 5V4
Direct Line: (250) 953-7524
Fax: (250) 953-7509