A group of generous women from Truro and beyond were part of an extraordinary experience on Tuesday night.
A few hundred women gathered for the first 100 Women Who Care Truro event at the Holiday Inn. The concept was each woman either donate $100 or come together in a team to give $100 to a local non-profit organization. During the event, Colchester Food Bank, Canadian Mental Health Association and Third Place Transition House spoke about why they should be blessed with the total donation of $12,500. In the end, the mental health organization was chosen by vote.
What made the event so special was a sense of connection between women who truly care about the community and what is happening in it. It opened lines of communication and increased awareness about several ongoing needs in the area.
The event also was a gentle, but powerful, reminder that every person can make a difference in some way – big or small. And the sense of empowerment and caring for one another was overwhelming for many in attendance.
Also heartwarming was the sense of truly wanting the best for others, even when it meant direct funds are given elsewhere. For example, representatives from the three organizations held hands waiting for the announcement of which one would receive the money. They embraced and cheered each other and put their full support behind the mental health association when it was the chosen recipient.
As food bank co-ordinator Mary DeAdder pointed out, the organizations ultimately serve many of the same people and frequently network.
Hopefully the event will continue to be successful with its upcoming three sessions – the next one in September. Not only is it hoped these women will return, but to encourage ladies who haven’t yet participated in the worthwhile gathering.
And, wouldn’t it be great to see men hold their own kind of event with the same premise? It can happen, but it requires spreading the word and being willing to make a difference.