A Spirit of Giving at Brandon University

December 20, 2013

BRANDON, MB – Staff at Brandon University has donated the proceeds from a novel raffle of gift baskets to the Brandon and Westman Christmas Cheer Office.

Sandra Wray from Christmas Cheer Office (second from left) joins Carla Eisler, Kerry Murkin, Lisa Murray, Allison Noto and Jan Mahoney, BU

Sandra Wray from Christmas Cheer Office (second from left) joins Carla Eisler, Kerry Murkin, Lisa Murray, Allison Noto and Jan Mahoney, BU

Twenty baskets with unique themes including Redneck Christmas, 50 Shades to Get You Through the Season, It’s All About the Children and the Hey Girl Spa Package were put together by BU employees from every one of the University’s faculties and raffled this past week at the University’s annual Holiday Luncheon for staff, faculty and students. A cheque for $2,625.00 was presented to the local Christmas Cheer Office by the Holiday Luncheon Committee.

“Our theme for this year’s Holiday Luncheon was A Spirit of Giving, and the gift basket raffle was the perfect activity to compliment that theme,” says Committee Chair Erlin Zurawski, an accountant in BU’s Financial & Registration Services. “I want to thank everyone in the BU campus community who took part in making or bidding on the baskets. Their efforts are going to make the festive season a little better for others.”

Organizers say the basket raffle could become a permanent part of the campus calendar.

“Everyone who took part felt good,” says Committee member Lisa Murray. “You should have seen the smiles when the baskets were dropped off.”

Since 1955, the Brandon and Area Christmas Cheer Board has been providing Christmas dinner and gifts for the children and families in the Westman area who would otherwise go without. To donate, please visit http://www.brandonwestmanchristmascheer.ca/donations.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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For more information, please contact:
Erlin Zurawski
Financial and Registration Services
204-727-7450
zurawski@brandonu.ca
Glen Kirby
Communications Officer
204-727-9762
kirbyg@brandonu.ca