One Hundred Caring Women arrived in CKL only three years ago, and in that short time has donated tens of thousands of dollars to deserving charities right across the City.
The first Canadian chapter of this charitable movement was formed in Toronto in 2012. Since then 52 other chapters have sprung up coast to coast, with a goal to make sure that “100% of all givings go to local charities.”
The local chapter is spearheaded by a board lead by Sharon Smith-Carter, Bella Alderton and Sharon Robbins.
One Hundred Caring Women meets three times a year at the Pie Eyed Monk. The group has grown to over 170 members, and has to use the large second floor room at the local brew pub when everyone is in attendance.
They have already had one meeting this year in early February, and have two more coming up, one on June 11 and another on October 22.
Each member of the One Hundred Caring Women movement attends the meeting with $100.00 to donate, and along with everyone else in attendance has the opportunity to hear presentations from three local charities vying for the money that evening. At the end of the presentations a secret ballot vote is taken and all the money brought that evening is awarded to the one charity.
Meetings run from 7-8 PM, with the possibility for a social time after the winning charity has been chosen.
With the membership the club currently has, typically the charity goes home with between $15000 and $18000 dollars. That kind of windfall can make a huge difference for that deserving registered charity.
A Place Called Home – $14,200.00
Kinsmen Toy Drive – $15,500.00
Community Care Dental Program – $15,450.00
Victoria Quilts – Kawartha Lakes Chapter – $16,150.00
Kawartha-Haliburton Victim Services – $17,510.00
Humane Society – $17,500.00
Kawartha Lakes Food Source Lunch Program – $17,500.00
Big Brothers and Big Sisters – $18,000.00
The local chapter of One Hundred Caring Women has been so successful that there is talk that the club will split into two relatively equal pieces to allow for twice the number of charities to be recognized at their tri-annual meetings.
Women interested in more information about this group should go on-line at 100womenkawarthalakes.ca . New members are always welcome.