The 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at Southport recently stepped up to support Portage Plains United Way.
3CFFTS made a $4,500 contribution to PPUW last week, proceeds from a variety of fundraising initiatives the school undertook over the past few months. Some of that included a chili cook off, bake sale, and a beard growing contest — a big draw considering military personnel are not normally allowed to grow beards or wear their hair loose.
The funds were raised as part of the annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) which is a charitable giving option developed exclusively for federal public servants and federal retirees.
“The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign is a great opportunity for 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School to give back to the local community who support us so well throughout the year,” says Lieutenant Colonel Marc-Antoine Fecteau, 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School Commandant in a release. “Our members are part of the community and raising funds for Portage Plains United Way made sense because it is local programs that will see the benefit. We are very happy that these funds will go towards supporting such great community programs.”
Other fundraising initiatives included a King Air Pull, which saw teams of two pull the 7,000 lbs aircraft a set distance in the shortest time and a silent auction to nominate a member of the staff to receive a pie in the face.
Second Lieutenant Joe Al Dahaby also donated his winnings from the 50/50 draw back to the campaign.
“All of these great initiatives contributed to the impressive donation that the school was able to provide in support of local United Way programs,” the news release explains.
3 CFFTS provides Primary Flying Instruction to all Royal Canadian Air Force pilots and Advanced Flying Instruction to all helicopter and multi-engine pilots. 3 CFFTS is also the principal site of the Contracted Flight Training and Support program.