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City of Brampton participates in the Longest Night to raise funds for United Way

Mayor Patrick Brown, Councillor Fortini and Councillor Singh wish the City of Brampton team well prior to taking part in the Longest Night.

BRAMPTON, ON (February 26, 2022) – Last night, the City of Brampton took part in the Longest Night, an annual event that encourages individuals and families to spend one night in their car to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by children and adults living in poverty. Ten individuals, including team members from across the organization and their family members braved the elements in this humbling experience.

City of Brampton staff and supporters raised over $5,000 in support of this initiative that will go towards the City’s annual United Way fundraising campaign. The City of Brampton has been a proud supporter of United Way for over 40 years and have successfully raised nearly $2.5 million in funds during that time that go directly towards supporting the community.

“I’m so proud of the team members who have stepped up to take on this challenge and participate in the Longest Night to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness, which is a reality for many in our community. We are proud to partner with United Way each year to raise valuable funds that go directly to supporting those that need it most, now more than ever. Thank you to United Way for being such a valuable resource for Brampton.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“It’s an honour to be the United Way Committee Council Sponsor for 2022 and the fourth year in a row, and to work with a team that goes above and beyond to put on events and raise funds for our community. I’m so proud to see that we have exceeded our fundraising goal with the Longest Night initiative. What a great way to kick off our annual fundraising campaign.”
- Doug Whillans, United Way Council Sponsor, City Councillor, Wards 2 & 6

“Participating in the Longest Night was truly a humbling experience that provided a glimpse into the reality that so many in our community face every night. I am proud to be the City of Brampton United Way Committee Chair this year and to work with a passionate team of volunteers that work tirelessly to support our community.”
- Steve Ganesh, 2022 United Way Committee Chair, Manager, Development Services

“I want to sincerely thank the City of Brampton for raising both funds and awareness of homelessness through their outstanding and ongoing support of the Longest Night. In Peel region, there are over 10,800 individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. United Way is committed to continuing to partner with community organizations like the City of Brampton to support the community and eradicate poverty in Peel.”
- Daniele Zanotti, President and CEO, United Way Greater Toronto


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