University of Calgary

Cold, hard cash

UToday HomeNovember 5, 2012

Teams of scantily clad people had a good reason for leaping into a pool of freezing cold water Thursday in the Taylor Family Quadrangle. Twenty-six teams of between one and eight people braved the chilly, foggy first day of November to raise $6,700 for the United Way during the annual Team Haskayne Chillin’ for Charity fundraiser.

Lucibelle Tan, ‘godmother’ of the Haskayne JDC (Jeux de Commerce) West team, says Chillin’ for Charity is the charity component of this business competition. Team Haskayne participates every year and chose the United Way as their charity for this year’s Chillin’ for Charity plunge.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the faculty and staff this year,” Tan says.

Participating teams – which were up from 22 last year – collected pledges prior to the event, and most were dressed in costumes for the actual plunge. Fortunately for all plungers, they were able to step immediately into a hot tub to warm up.

And it wasn’t just students braving the icy water – four faculty and staff members from Haskayne also took the plunge: Rita Egizii (director of community outreach and alumni), Cam Welsh (JDC West Team Haskayne faculty advisor), Sherry Weaver (assistant dean of leadership development) and Jaydeep Balakrishnan (associate dean).

“We’re showing our support, and we’re modelling for the students and the university community,” says Egizii. “You can be business people and be fun.”

Prizes went to teams with best costumes, best pool entry and most money raised.