Last Friday, Red River College (RRC) staff and students rolled up their sleeves for United Way Winnipeg’s 16th annual Plane Pull – with the RRC Staff team making the fastest time for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules pull.
The team of employees – made up of administrative staff, educational assistants, instructors, and College leadership – pulled the plane 20 feet in 11.12 seconds. The RRC Stevenson Campus student team pulled the Boeing 727 the same distance in 16.45 seconds for a 6th place finish.
“I was happy to be part of a great team from Red River College” said Joan Machendagoos, administrative assistant for Skilled Trades and Technologies at RRC. “This gave us the opportunity to meet staff that we only see in emails to bond as a team. And giving back to the community was a bonus.”
RRC’s Stevenson Campus was once again the proud facility sponsor – providing the campus hangar and volunteers for the fundraising event that will launch the 2019-20 United Way Annual Giving Campaign. This year, the organization announced they are seeking a goal of $21.6 million dollars for its more than 100 agency partners that benefit Winnipeggers.
The 55,000-square foot industry-leading training facility complete with aircraft hangar is home to Red River College’s aviation and aerospace programs – making it the ideal location for the Plane Pull to take place each year.
“Next year we hope to have a few more teams so we can not only be the top team for the best pull time, but to also be the highest fundraising teams,” said Machendagoos.
More than 80 teams participated in the 2019 Plane Pull and raised more than $88,000 towards United Way’s goal.