Submitted by Sara White, Secretary, 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley
100-Plus Women host virtual meeting to continue gift-giving outreach
100-Plus Women Who Care Annapolis Valley didn’t let COVID-19 gathering restrictions stop them; in fact, members know just how much their financial donation means to community groups – and, right now – so much more.
Undaunted, the group invited members to, as normal, nominate deserving charities before the meeting. Three were randomly chosen to prepare a five-minute video presentation in place of an in-person talk, which the 100+ Women committee compiled into a virtual meeting. Members were encouraged to watch June 18 and, rather than vote for one winner, make a donation to one, two or all three charities as they liked. (Scroll to end for donation link.)
Watch our meeting video now:
“This is our first – and hopefully only – pandemic meeting,” co-chair Steph Sedgwick said, welcoming members to the online meeting. “COVID-19 has affected us, but also local charities with their fundraising abilities. We wanted to continue our gift-giving, in a way that’s safe for everyone.
“We’re all in a different situation right now, so we invite members to support our chosen charities to a level that’s comfortable for them.”
Presenting June 18 were the Truro Lions Club, the 9-Lives Cat Rescue Society and the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank.
Truro Lions Club – The Lions Club will use its 100-Plus Women support to help sponsor an autism support guide dog for a local youth.
Fundy Interchurch Food Bank – The New Minas and Kentville communities’ food bank has seen food demand in just the first six months of 2020 match the entirety of 2019, and expects the next six months to continue to be a challenge.
9-Lives Cat Rescue Society – The 9-Lives animal care group is entirely dependant on fundraising and donations, and would use support to continue providing veterinary care, medicine and food for cat and dog programs in Hants County, and with partner projects in Kings County and beyond.
The 100+ Women Who Care Annapolis Valley Chapter typically meets at Mainstreet Station in Kentville, with the next in-person meeting planned for September 17. The group meets quarterly to hear from three member-nominated community non-profit groups. After five-minute presentations, members vote on which group will be the recipient of each member’s $100 donation. New members are welcome.
To honour your membership commitment, please donate online via the fundraising page created by 100+ Women here, which lists all three charities:
Or mail your cheques as below:
- Truro Lions Club, PO Box 535, Truro, NS B2N 5C7
- Fundy Interchurch Food Bank, PO Box 933, Kentville, NS B4N 4H8
- 9-Lives Cat Rescue Society, 330 Town Road, RR#2, Falmouth, NS B0P 1L0
*Please remember to put “100 Women Valley” in the subject line so they know you’re part of our group donation.