Fundraising group seeking "Women Who Care"
By Chad Ingram
Published Oct. 13, 2016
Joan Featherstone is looking for 100 Women Who Care.
The Minden resident is starting a local manifestation of an informal fundraising organization that has clubs all over the continent, including nearby in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Brock.
“It's not a registered charity itself,” Featherstone explains. “When we collect the money, we give it to the registered charity.”
The concept is simple. Three one-hour meetings a year, to which participating women each bring $100. Featherstone points out this equates to about 80 cents per day.
“The idea is that it's for busy women,” Featherstone says, emphasizing the minimal time commitment.
Women are asked to nominate local charities. Three finalists will then be asked to speak for five minutes of their charity of choice.
“Then the group will vote, out of those three charities, which one we give the money to that meeting,” Featherstone says.
Tax receipts are given by the nominated charity.
“And we can have partners,” Featherstone says, explaining that women who can't afford $100 three times a year are welcome to team up with others and participate that way.
“The idea is to get 100 women,” she says, although she realizes that may be a lofty goal in a community as small as Haliburton County. “I have 17 so far. We already have $1,400 and we haven't even met yet. We have quite a few people involved now from Minden, but we want everyone involved. It's not just a Minden thing.”
The first meeting of 100 Women Who Care Haliburton County will take place at the Dominion Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting from 7 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Featherstone at 705-286-4376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.