February 27, 2015

RJC Consulting Engineers Take Home United Way’s Engineering Cup from Popsicle Stick Playground Challenge Collectively Competition Raises $10,400 for the Community

VICTORIA, BC – RJC Read Jones Christofferson Consulting Engineers are the winners of the first annual United Way Popsicle Stick Playground Challenge. As one of four firms competing for inaugural engineering cup, $10,400 was collectively raised to support United Way’s mandate to ensure children and youth grow up healthy and transition into adulthood.

RJC, Higginson Consulting, Harold Engineering and the civil engineering students at University of Victoria deserve a round of applause for their outstanding popsicle playgrounds and fundraising efforts. The contribution raised also includes a matching gift from one dedicated United Way donor, Andrew Beckerman. After Andrew caught wind of the competition he wanted to jump on board to lend his support. As an architect this challenge was right up his alley and he was one of the judges.

The challenge started on January 29 and the engineering firms had less than a month to construct a playground made from various supply kits with popsicle sticks and other materials. The larger the donation to United Way, the more material the firm was provided to expand its playground.

“As long-term supporters of United Way – we were thrilled to participate in the challenge as we foster a culture of giving back to our community at RJC,” says Lynn Medermid, office service manager.  “We approached the building of the playground much like any other project we take on at RJC. We started with a design meeting, divided up the tasks, created deadlines, and reported back on our progress before reaching our final milestones. Our volunteer team worked on our lunch hours and continued with our special projects at home in the evening with our families.” RJC’s winning popsicle playground included a zipline, climbing wall, a tubing experience, and picnic area. Their attention to detail is what separated them from their competition.

Andrew Higginson, owner of Higginson Consulting and co-creator and lead sponsor of the engineering challenge says: “This is just the beginning of an annual event geared towards building strong communities through United Way while having fun. These engineering firms have set the bar high, and next year the game begins again. We will be ready!”


For more information, please contact:

Heather Skydt
Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way
Work: (250) 984-2269

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way
Work: (250) 220-7364
Cell: (250) 217-8698

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