100 Women seek fund contenders

SOUTH DUNDAS – The date is set, the venue is booked, and at least 140 women are ready to donate $100 each. All that’s needed now is a few more charity projects to compete for the 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas funds.

In its third year, the local 100 Women concept remains popular, with its membership holding steady at well over 100 members annually.

“Generally, 100 Women groups have a problem finding enough women to join, but this is a great area,” said Janeen Wagemans, spokesperson for the 100 Women team. “Here we have always been delighted to have found so many women eager to help out.”

For those unfamiliar with the concept, each person who becomes a member of the group commits to donating $100 to the charity project that wins the most votes.

“There may be a second and third prize if we have a surplus of generosity,” said Wagemans.

That has been the case since the inception of 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas.

Last year, $17,700 was awarded to three groups: $8,000 to Camp Erin, a grief support camp for children; $5,800 for Dundas County Food Bank; and $3,900 for the Morrisburg and Iroquois Waterfront Committees to share.

So far, two charities are registered for consideration for the 100 Women money.

“We are looking for more. Our hope is to have at least five contenders,” said Wagemans.

“We understand the need for ongoing operating expenses, and we don’t refuse those requests, but it is our hope to inspire people to have a look around the community and think of projects that would enhance the lives of people in the area.”

New ideas and unique ideas/projects are encouraged.

With a good idea and a small interested group of supporters, 100 Women is a great opportunity, not only to secure some funds, but to present a new idea to a captive audience of caring and compassionate women interested in the health and vitality of this community.

For anyone who has an idea, Rosemary Laurin is the person to talk to for advice.

“Don’t just keep your ideas to yourself. With an idea, some friends and some money, a lot can be accomplished,” said Wagemans.

Those with an idea should talk to Laurin (613-543-0933) as soon as possible as the annual meeting is just over a month away.

100 Women Who Care About South Dundas will be meeting May 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Upper Canada Playhouse.

At that meeting the women will meet and mingle and then hear presentations from contending projects.

Winning projects will be awarded cheques that evening.

The 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas team includes Janeen Wagemans, Rosemary Laurin and Tracey Veinotte.

To become a member or for more information visit the website at www.womenwhocaresouthdundas.com

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