100 Women Who Care St Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

At the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing held at the Bay Gar­den's Beach Re­sort on March 20th, over 50 lead­ing women in the busi­ness and so­cial com­mu­nity joined forces to launch the first Caribbean chap­ter of 100 Women Who Care.

Va­lerie Jenk­in­son, chair of 100 Women Who Care St Lu­cia, de­scribes the or­ga­ni­za­tion as a group of ded­i­cated women who care deeply about the St Lu­cia com­mu­nity. The group gath­ers four times a year for a one-hour meet­ing, with each mem­ber do­nat­ing $100EC to a char­ity that the group se­lects through a bal­lot. “Once there are 100 mem­bers,” Ms. Jenk­in­son states, “the com­bined do­na­tion of $10,000 each quar­ter will make a real im­pact, with­out time-con­sum­ing fundrais­ing events and plan­ning. Our mission and hope is for those of us more for­tu­nate to pro­vide for those in great­est need in St Lu­cia. $100 on its own does not do much but when 100 com­mit­ted women join forces the com­bined re­sult is re­ally sub­stan­tial and sig­nif­i­cant ”.

100 Women Who Care St Lu­cia joins 170 other Women Who Care or­ga­ni­za­tions across North Amer­ica and Mex­ico in rais­ing money with 100% of the funds raised go­ing to the lo­cal char­ity. Pa­troness Se­na­tor Berthia Parle de­scribes why she be­came in­volved and why she is an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter. “When I was first ap­proached with the idea of set­ting up a St Lu­cia chap­ter of 100 Women Who Care, I was im­me­di­ately struck by the sim­plic­ity of the idea. I know so many busy women, like my­self, who want to give back to the com­mu­nity and those in need but who have so lit­tle time and of­ten not much knowl­edge of the lo­cal char­i­ties. Other chap­ters have had amaz­ing re­sults and the suc­cess of our first meet­ing is a tes­ta­ment to how this ven­ture has struck a cord with women in our com­mu­nity. We had hoped to have 25 mem­bers join at our first meet­ing but had dou­ble that. Ev­ery­one agreed it will not take us long to get 100 Women Who Care.”

At the meet­ing all mem­bers were el­i­gi­ble to nom­i­nate a lo­cal char­ity. Out of all the sub­mis­sions three were picked at ran­dom. The nom­i­na­tors for the three picked, Pawa­sol, the Cri­sis Cen­tre and Amy's Foun­da­tion, each made a brief pre­sen­ta­tion and then mem­bers voted. Pawa­sol re­ceived the most votes and to date will re­ceive the $5,100.00 do­nated by the new membership. Jane Du Boulay on be­half of Pawa­sol Pour Ti Ma­mai was over­whelmed as she de­scribed to the group that a num­ber of chil­dren's wheel­chairs had been do­nated to Pawa­sol. They had ex­pected one or two con­tain­ers but 5 ar­rived which, though won­der­ful, meant a $4000 bill for ship­ping charges. The wheel­chairs were at the dock in Cas­tries but the group did not have the $4000 to re­lease the cargo. The 100 Women Who Care St Lu­cia do­na­tion was de­scribed as, “manna from heaven.”

Pa­tron of “women who care” Se­na­tor Berthia Parle.

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