Chillin’ for Charity, an annual charity initiative in its second year held by University of Calgary business students and JDC West, raised over $8,000 on November 1 for the United Way. The money was raised through a polar bear dip that happened in front of the Taylor Family Digital Library, where teams of students jumped into freezing water.
JDC West is an annual Western Canadian business games competition that members of the U of C’s Haskayne School of Business have taken part in for the last two years. This year, 26 teams of one to eight people from the U of C took part in the event.
Fourth-year business student and participant Carmen Chiu said Chillin’ for Charity has many benefits.
“It’s important to produce well-rounded business students. [JDC West] is not just focused on academic growth but also on charity initiatives throughout the year and Chillin’ for Charity is the largest initiative,” said Chiu.
In 2011, over $5,000 was raised.