Final tally announced from third annual 100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton

One Hundred Women Who Care gathered at the Bear Head Conference Room at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on October 23 to offer their support for a good local cause. Eventually, after hearing pitches from three different groups, the women voted to lend their support to the Whycocomagh and Area Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary. Pictured here are (from the left): Mary Janet MacDonald, co-chair of One Hundred Women Who Care; Sherryl Harrison and Karen Allen, members of the Whycocomagh Fire Department; and Josie MacEachern, co-chair of One Hundred Women Who Care.

PORT HAWKESBURY: “100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton” hosted their third annual event on October 23 at the Bear Head Room of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

Women from across rural Cape Breton gathered to hear from three randomly selected charities, and then cast their vote to turn their individual donations into a single grand prize.

The winning charity was the Whycocomagh Volunteer Fire Department who took home the most votes, resulting in a donation of $13,600 for their department.

Members Sherryl Harrison and Karen Allen spoke from the heart about the department’s first responder services and the pressing need they have to invest in a new Jaws of Life rescue tool. The investment will enable the department’s volunteers to save lives on one of the busiest stretches of highway on Cape Breton Island.

Also presenting were the ROC Society and the Mother of Sorrows Shrine, who gave the fire department presenters a run for their money. It was a wonderful evening learning about all of these worthy causes!

100 Women Who Care is a great way for women who don’t have a lot of extra time to make a big impact in the lives of those in need of help.

This is how it works. Members of 100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton Chapter are invited to nominate a local charitable organization (must be a registered charity). Members of the local chapter meet for two hours once a year. At the meeting, three randomly chosen charities from our list of nominees give a five minute presentation about the work they do. The women attending the meeting vote for one of the three presenting local charities, choosing the cause that made the most compelling presentation.

Each member will write a $100 cheque to the selected organization (or cash) and watch how the group’s commitment turns into a $10,000-plus donation. Members receive a tax receipt directly from the winning charity.

Those interested can join 100 Women Who Care and nominate a charity for consideration next year at any time – visit them at: (and click on “Get Involved”). Or connect with them on Facebook by searching for “100 Women Rural Cape Breton” and “Like” their page.

This year’s 100 Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton event was supported by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, Jack Ronalds Photography, and a group of dedicated volunteers.