Base charity drive kicks off in Esquimalt

Defence Team hopes to raise $700,000 for the United Way of Greater Victoria

One of the largest workplace charitable campaigns in the Capital Region got underway Thursday at CFB Esquimalt.

Capt. (Navy) Luc Cassivi, base commander, announced that the Defence Team’s goal for the annual three-month Government of Canada Workplace Charity Campaign is $700,000. Last year’s efforts brought in $660,000 for the United Way, which distributed donated funds to service providers around the region.

The kickoff was held in conjunction with a CFB Esquimalt industrial trade show at the Naden drill shed. The United Way announced its 2013 campaign goal at $6 million on Tuesday.

ddescoteau@vicnews.com