Message from the NDWCC Defence Team Champion for the launch of NDWCC 2020

September 1st, 2020 - Defence Stories

Apart but together at heart
Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre

Dear Defence Team members,

It is a privilege for me to be Defence Team Champion for the 2020 National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC).

NDWCC is the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to the larger Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

We collectively show great generosity each year, helping to ensure the GCWCC remains the most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the country. Last year, contributions totaled $30 million – some 12 per cent of which came from the NDWCC.

This year’s campaign, of course, comes with unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. Although we are in business resumption mode, many on the Defence Team are still working remotely and without reliable access to their work email accounts or Intranet resources.

As well, the necessary preventative health measures that are currently in place mean we cannot hold large gatherings, so traditional fundraising events are out of the question. These are not ideal circumstances but we have already demonstrated that they need not be an impediment to success.

You’ll recall that, this past May, we launched the National Defence COVID-19 Emergency Campaign. Even with the same limitations in place, nearly $300,000 was raised - more than a quarter of which was raised by the Defence Team in just seven weeks. Let’s maintain that momentum for NDWCC 2020.

This year’s campaign focus is Wellness. In these unprecedented times, it is important that each and everyone one of us continue to do our best to keep well, both physically and mentally. There are many charities that assist Canadians in maintaining wellness and the NDWCC will showcase several as part of the campaign.

Donating this year is easier than ever: you can do so online via ePledge, which will be available to all Defence Team members beginning on 10 September. NDWCC is “donor’s choice,” meaning you choose the organizations you’d most like to support.

You can also use FlipGive, a team fundraising website and app, to direct a portion of your purchases from any of 300 retailers to NDWCC charities.

Remember, no donation is too small. Every cent given makes a real difference to Canadians in need – including our fellow Defence Team Members and their families.

This year’s NDWCC slogan is ‘Apart but together at heart’ - a great reminder that, while the work must be done from a distance this year, the community ties that bind us remain.

Thank you for your support.

Lieutenant-General Wayne Eyre
Commander, Canadian Army

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