Gulf Islands Families Together Society Receives $17,500

“Due to the generosity and support of 100+ Women Who Care, many of our vital programs such as Shauna Devlin's Dance Your Abilities and John Reid's music program, that preserve the mental health of participants, will continue to run through these challenging times,” Heather Duerichen, manager of Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS), said after the May 12th meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care.

On that evening, members of the high impact philanthropic group met on Zoom. They listened to presentations for three charities that had been nominated and randomly drawn from the charity basket prior to the meeting. They were the Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS), Gulf Islands Seniors' Residence Association (GISRA) presented by Helen Hinchliff, and the Salt Spring Community Health Society presented by Martha Taylor. Each presentation was uniquely informative and compelling, but on this evening, members voted to have GIFTS be the recipient of about $17,500 in member donations.

GIFTS is an island charity that, according to its website, envisions “supporting people with disabilities by recognizing their right to employment, social, recreational and educational access, and housing in their community.” On that evening, Louise Doucet presented for GIFTS. She shared a heartfelt and eloquent presentation with members about the impact that GIFTS has in the community and the day-to-day support it offers.

Louise said, “It was a privilege to be able to speak on behalf of GIFTS. I was keeping my fingers crossed that I could do it justice and impart to 100+ Women Who Care the importance of the society and the impact it has on the lives of families. I am grateful my message was so well received.”

Since its inaugural meeting in November 2018, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring has raised nearly $140,000 to benefit various charities in the community. With slightly over 175 members at this time, the group can raise over $17,500 in less than an hour. Recipient charities are able to use 100% of these funds in ways that they need most, as long as the charity’s efforts directly benefit the community.

The concept is simple: 100+ women, one hour, $100 donation, equals $10,000 or more. Members nominate registered charities with a direct local impact, three of which are randomly drawn at each meeting. The members who nominated each of these charities provides a 5-minute presentation to encourage members to vote for this charity. After the presentations, each member casts a secret ballot for her choice. The charity receiving the most votes is awarded all funds raised that evening.

The next meeting date is November 10, 2021, at 7pm over Zoom. Nominations are now open for the next meeting but end 4 weeks prior the next meeting. New members are always welcome and can register on the website: 100womensaltspring.org.

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By Coreen Boucher

Staff Writer, Salt Spring Exchange News

May 26, 2021 4:09 PM