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By Wendy Gabrek
100 Plus Women Who Care, a grassroots movement where 100 women meet four times a year and donate $100 per meeting for the betterment of local charities, is forming in New Tecumseth.
The timed one-hour quarterly meetings will be held at the Gibson Centre for Arts & Culture (space donated), where three pre-selected charities will receive the benefits of the pooled funds.
Although there is room for more than 100 at each meeting, no men or children are allowed – rather, they are encouraged to start their own parallel movements and follow suit.
At the first meeting, scheduled to take place next Thursday, February 7, from 7–8 p.m., the charity of choice has already been selected by the 100 Plus Women steering committee. Although the not-for-profit agency has already been chosen, the steering committee prefers not to release recipient details at this time, stating only that the impact will be positive and ongoing.
In future, three charities will be invited to attend and present their stories and needs, with the collective choosing the beneficiary of their efforts. Each charity representative will be given just five minutes to speak, with information presented to the panel by way of application before hand (to be published on Facebook). A vote will decide the winner(s).
If all one hundred women attend New Tecumseth's first 100 Plus Women event, more than $10,000 will be collected each meeting – or $40,000 within the first year.
“Events assist in raising awareness of the many worthwhile charitable opportunities in our community and we believe that a dedicated group of women joining together can make significant impact in our communities where due to government cutbacks, policy changes or simply lack of funding and resources, we can support organizations where it's most needed,” said France Young, steering committee member. “The mission of 100 Plus Women in New Tec is to encourage and inspire women's involvement in philanthropy and make a significant impact at grass roots level in our local community. Our members care passionately about our community and frequently discuss community issues that will improve the lives of those underrepresented or under serviced in our community. The philosophy is simple, meaningful and powerful.”
The 100 Women movement began in Michigan in 2006 and has since spread all over the world.
Started by Karen Dunigan, who raised the first $10,000 in multiples of $100 to buy cribs and bedding for mothers, the group has since expanded to 850 chapters.
There are currently groups in both Caledon and Dufferin, both only one united movement will grow in New Tecumseth – and therefore more than 100 women will be allowed to join.
“We bring together 100 women in New Tecumseth who care about local community causes and who are committed to community service,” said Young.
There is no need to RSVP attendance, and a charitable receipt for your $100 donation will be issued.
To mark your calendars now, the second meeting will be held on May 23. Networking allowed.
For more information about 100 Plus Women Who Care New Tecumseth check the group's Facebook page, or call France Young at 705 500-1901 or Debbie Hudson 705 435-8874.
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