By UM Today
A brave team of 53 costumed students from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business did the Chillin’ 4 Charity polar bear swim on Nov.6 to raise funds for the United Way of Winnipeg. “Team Toba” took the icy plunge at the Duckworth Quadrangle, adjacent to the Administration Building on the university’s Fort Garry campus.
The team is competing in an undergraduate business student competition called Jeux de Commerce (JDC) West. Each year, competing teams from business schools across Western Canada host their own Chillin’ 4 Charity event.
JDC West is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents in a variety of competitive areas, including academics, sports, and spirit. The event consists of 10 academic case competitions, a parliamentary-style debate, a highly competitive sports component, a team spirit competition, and a charity element.
Following the leap into an outdoor pool of icy water, stunned and shrieking members of Team Toba leapt into a heated tent courtesy of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the JDC West Team Sponsor. RBC donated $5,000 to the cause and Virgin Radio’s Ace Burpee emceed the event.
“Our goal was to raise $15,000 for the United Way of Winnipeg,” says team co-captain Eben Rawluk.
His co-captain, Luke McKim, says, “Each individual team member has committed to raise $200, and many of our members have surpassed that goal.”
“We are so proud of our team’s enthusiasm about volunteering both time and effort to enhance our local community,” says Deanna Mirlycourtois, the team’s vice-president (of charity).
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Editor’s note: The University of Winnipeg also held its Chillin’ For Charity event on Oct.30 in support of the Children’s Hospital with an outdoor mall featuring downtown businesses, music, a live art show and beer gardens.
The students from each university will compete in the JDC West competition from Jan.16 to 18 in Victoria, B.C., in the 10th anniversary edition of the event. Good luck to both teams!