New giv­ing cir­cle makes first grants

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

GIV­ING cir­cle 100 Women has de­liv­ered its first three grants.

Chair­woman Ali­cia Cur­tis, of Karawara, said the grants would em­power hun­dreds of women by in­creas­ing their in­de­pen­dence, im­prov­ing their health and boost­ing their self-es­teem.

The grants went to Zonta House Refuge As­so­ci­a­tion, Op­por­tu­nity In­ter­na­tional and the Global De­vel­op­ment Group.

Zonta House Refuge As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived $40,000 to fund Pos­i­tive Path­ways to Safety for Women and the Com­mu­nity, a pre­ven­ta­tive pro­gram as­sist­ing women to lead more in­de­pen­dent, safe and fulfilling lives.

“We are de­lighted to have awarded our inau­gu­ral grants to these trans­for­ma­tional pro­grams that also have the po­ten­tial for long term im­pact,” Ms Cur­tis said. “The hard work of our com­mit­tee, the sup­port of our am­bas­sadors and the en­thu­si­asm of mem­bers has made this dream come true.”

Four mi­cro grants of $1000 were awarded to McCauley Com­mu­nity Ser­vices for Women, SIMaid 1000 Stoves Project, World Vi­sion Aus­tralia and BrainLink – Cel­e­brat­ing Strong Women.

South Perth res­i­dent and 100 Women am­bas­sador Rabia Sid­dique said it was an in­spir­ing role.

“To have the op­por­tu­nity to play my part in in­spir­ing and em­pow­er­ing girls and women to be the best ver­sion of them­selves and re­alise their dreams is a joy,” she said.

A Perth based giv­ing cir­cle, 100 Women launched in March. It en­ables ev­ery­day peo­ple to be in­volved in cre­at­ing a world where all women and girls can live safely with ac­cess to health, ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic free­dom.

Rabia Sid­dique, Kim Gib­son, Glenda Scott, Kel­ley Chisholm and Kristy Rod­well.

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