North Dundas ‘200 Women Who Care’ — 2019 edition — registration underway

Presenters from the Parent Council at St. Mary's School in Chesterville present at last year's first edition of the 'Women Who Care" event in North Dundas. It started as 100 Women Who Care, then grew to 100-plus Women Who Care because of the response. Back by popular demand, the May 2019 edition is now pre-emptively named '200 Women Who Care.' Smith photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH DUNDAS — After their inaugural year’s event ‘sold out’ in hours, volunteers with the North Dundas chapter of the 100 Women Who Care initiative are expecting a similar quick take up for the 2019 edition.

Registration opened online at at noon last Friday, Feb. 1.

Only 200 spots are available, and they’re going fast.

The fundraising pitch is simple: 200 women bring $100 each to a one-hour event to raise $20,000, all of which will go to local charities voted on by the participants.

There are thousands of chapters of the “100 Who Care” movement, including ones in South Dundas and Kemptville. There is also a successful men’s chapter in North Dundas that was launched last year as well.

In video footage from last year’s event in Winchester, 100 Women Who Care North Dundas Chair Diane Crummy addresses the crowd prior to the pitches made by the participating charitable organizations.

“We were overwhelmed with the positive and early support for our new chapter in North Dundas. We should not have been surprised as our community always steps up to get involved and help our local charities,” said 100 Women Who Care North Dundas Chair Diane Crummy, of Hallville. “This is a simple, creative way to get a group of women together for a night with 100% of the proceeds going to local causes in our community.”

The $100 donation is not required at the time of online registration, but rather participants bring a cheque with them to the event, which has already been set for Thursday, May 9th at the Joel Steele Community Centre. All participants will receive a $100 tax receipt for their donation.

“We have a lot of worthwhile causes to support, so we’re excited to get going and make a difference right here at home again in 2019.”

Sponsors will cover venue, wine, and snack costs during the social hour before the one-hour meeting where women learn about the charities and select the recipients of funds. Information for charities on how to apply to participate can be found on the website. Regular email updates will be provided to the enrolled women.

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