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BC Place will light up red for United Way Day!

September 20th, 2017

September 21 is United Way Day, and BC Place will be celebrating early by lighting up red on September 20 to help United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) to spread their message - be kind to one another.

On September 21 you can depend on the kindness of strangers. United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) is asking people to be kind to one another: hold a door open for somebody, say good morning to a stranger or let a rush hour cheater merge in front of you in a traffic line. United Way of the Lower Mainland has created a deck of 31 Cards of Kindness each featuring a kind action because sometimes a smile or a kind word can make your day. United Way strives to build strong and healthy communities for everyone: being kind is one way to build strong communities.

 United Way Day also kicks off UWLM’s fall fundraising drive. Funds raised go to work in the community supporting children, families and seniors and helping build strong communities.

Here’s what’s happening for United Way Day, September 21:

  • United Way Day has been proclaimed in 11 communities served by United Way of the Lower Mainland: Belcarra, Burnaby, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver and Whistler.
  • BC Place stadium will be lit in red at dusk on September 20.
  • United Way volunteers will be handing out Cards of Kindness at four downtown Vancouver locations (in front of Burrard, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront SkyTrain stations and in front of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver) from 6:30 to 8:00 am on September 21.
  • $5 will buy a coffee and a pastry outside of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on September 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 am with proceeds benefiting United Way.
  • The City of Vancouver is holding a red and white plane toss at noon at City Hall and the Ctiy of Surrey is hosting a staff barbeque at noon on September 21
  • Vancouver City Hall and Port Coquitlam City Hall will be lit up in red at dusk on September 21.

Media contact:  Jennifer Young, United Way of the Lower Mainland, 604.268.1333, cell 604.309.3937,