2016 Campaign Hero – Fred Woo

What is a Campaign Hero?

Each year our UBC Community United Way Committee reviews the past year. We take a look at all the events that take place and the volunteerism involved. From this, we select UBC employees or students that stand out. We call them Campaign Heroes.

A Campaign Hero is someone that is recognized for their contributions and achievements. The Campaign Hero goes above and beyond the call of duty.

An Interview with Fred Woo

Fred Woo (centre)

Fred Woo is the Assistant Manager at Animal Care, Biosafety & Radiation Committees. Fred Woo has been a strong supporter to the United Way for many years. He is consistently offering fresh ideas to the campaign and this year broke the record for raising the most money at a UBC bake sale, close to $2,000!   

How long have you been involved in the UBC Community United Way campaign?

I have been involved since 2010. My Director at the time asked me if I wanted to take on the role. I’ve been helping out with garage or bake sales ever since. One year I auctioned off an autographed Canucks jersey. I have also done 50/50 and 70/30 draws (where 70% goes back to UW) and also gave away secondary prizes. With extra prizes like gift cards and UBC memorabilia, even if you did not win the big pot you could still come away with a prize. In 2013, I organized and hiked 13 sets of the Tower Beach stairs.

 Why do you volunteer for this cause?

Every year, I do something for the University campaign. I enjoy doing it and each year I strive to beat the money raised before. This year I had a really good incentive – competition in the bake sale.

What is your fondest memory from your involvement with the campaign?

The stair climb is probably the fondest as it raised a lot of money (over $3,800). But they are all fun. It’s a busy time of the year for me but I hold at least one event. I used to do 2-3 events but I have scaled back now and I only hold one. My UBC colleagues are great as they’re always so generous.

Without the people participating, it just wouldn’t be the same.My fondest memory as a participant was playing in a 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament (organized by Building Operations) in 2011 with some colleagues from UILO and shooting on James Bellavance (Facilities Mgr.) who played goalie.

What are your goals for next year?

I would like to organize a campus-wide 50/50. I think that would take off. If you have lots of people selling tickets and the pot is very big, people will go in. Have some secondary prizes too, like the hospital lotteries. I was recently at the Canucks game where the 50/50 prize was over $25,000. I thought to myself how great it would be to win that jackpot.

What would you like to see happen?

I would like to see more people involved and embrace the United Way campaign, resulting in lots of money raised.