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Men to follow women's lead in fundraising for community groups


TRURO - Raj Makkar hopes there are a lot of men in the Truro area who give a damn.

Raj Makkar is taking the lead on a community fundraiser called 100 Guys Who Give A Damn. The initiative is similar to 100 Women Who Care and will feature three non-profit organizations making a presentation to a gathering of men for a chance to be the recipient of funding.

Makkar is co-ordinating the first 100 Guys Who Give A Damn event in this community. The initiative is similar to 100 Women Who Care and will feature three non-profit organizations making a short presentation to a gathering of men. Funds donated by those men go to the organization that receives the most votes at the end of the night.

"The women, they got it right. Why mess with something that's working so well?" Makkar said of the reasoning behind following the women's lead.

"This is a great community and we are helping where help is needed. The generosity here is unbelievable."

Makkar is in the process of co-ordinating a team for the first men's event, which is scheduled for late September. Details will be provided once they are confirmed.

"I've had a fair amount of people come up to me saying they are interested," said Makkar, adding he would consider the September event a success if at least 100 men, whether in teams or as individuals, support the cause.

Expressions of interest can be sent to Makkar through 100guystruro@gmail.com

Makkar, department head of ambulatory care, cardio respiratory services and chemotherapy clinic at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, also knows the joy of being a recipient of the community event. He was one of three speakers during the March 100 Women Who Care event, and was chosen as the fundraiser recipient, which meant about $18,000 was donated to the We Care About Cancer Fund through the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation.

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