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Fundraising group launched to help Cayman charities

| 07/07/2015 | 0 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): A Cayman Islands chapter of an international giving circle programme has just been launched with the sole purpose of raising funds for local charities. The “100 Women Who Care” chapters consist of members who are interested in making an immediate, direct and positive impact on their community by contributing 100 percent of all funds raised at their meetings to local causes.

Following the launch in June in Cayman of “100 Men Who Give A Damn”, many women had shown an interest in establishing their own group, leading to Emma Graham Taylor creating a Facebook group to kick-start the process of forming “100+ Women Who Care Cayman Islands”.

“I just decided to go on Facebook to see who else wanted to be involved and the response was overwhelming,” she said. “Now we’re working to create some structure to the chapter, with a small committee of amazing women, to put everything in place to hold our first meeting.

“We’re following the example of other groups across the world, and the men’s chapter here in Cayman. The already established 100 Women groups internationally have proven that a committed group of like-minded women can have a tremendous local impact and it doesn’t have to be complicated.”

There are more than 275 chapters of the movement globally. The commitment for each member involves attending a one-hour meeting each quarter and pledging $100 per session, so each person contributes $400 annually.

“I have heard from so many women that they want to do something and be involved in some way in giving back to their community, yet their time and funds are limited,” Graham Taylor explained. “With ‘100+ Women Who Care Cayman Islands’, we now have a simple mechanism to make a huge difference in the community.”

Ahead of each meeting, members will have the opportunity to nominate one local charity. All nominations will then go into a draw. Three charities pulled from the draw will be invited to make a five-minute presentation to the assembled members at the meetings and make a case for their organisation and its needs. Following the presentations, members in attendance will vote on their preferred charity and the organisation with the most votes will receive the funds raised.

The first meeting of the Cayman Islands chapter will be held 14 October 2015.

For more information on 100+ Women Who Care Cayman Islands, visit their website or Facebook page

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