One Hundred Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton chooses recipient

    PORT HAWKESBURY: Three noteworthy groups had their cases heard by 100 Women Who Care (WWC) Rural Cape Breton, and as a result, the Whycocomagh and Area Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will be receiving at least $16,000.

    “We really want to thank this group of community-minded women,” said firefighter Sherryl Harrison, during last Wednesday’s gathering of the 100 WWC. “It’s such an amazing opportunity for charities in our area.”

    One Hundred Women Who Care Rural Cape Breton is a group of locals who gather once a year to offer a charitable donation to a local group. This time around, the fire department from Whycocomagh was making a pitch, as well as the Regional Occupation Centre and Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine.

    The three groups were drawn randomly from a field of several dozen associations, all of whom were nominated by 100 WCC members.

    After the three groups made presentations, the members of 100 WCC voted. All of this took place at the October 23 gathering at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

    Photos by Grant McDaniel — 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.

    Each 100 WWC member puts in $100 to be awarded to the successful candidate. It’s also worth noting the group’s title is a bit of a misnomer. The group consists of well over 100 women. Going into last Wednesday’s meeting, 160 women were members – and new members joined that evening.

    As a result, the prize won by the fire department is at least $16,000.

    The local chapter of 100 WWC formed after Josie MacEachern and Mary Janet MacDonald put their heads together, along with Bev MacDonald. Also included as core members are Gail MacNeil, Linda MacRae, Amanda Mombourquette, and Eleanor Ryan.

    This is the third year 100 WWC Rural Cape Breton offered a prize to a local charity. The first year saw the Central Inverness County Palliative Care Society benefit, and last year the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Auxiliary got a shot in the arm.

    This year, members had three very well regarded groups vying for a donation.

    The Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine is located in Mabou. The group generates revenue by candle offerings, a gift shop, and donations from friends of the shrine, but revenue generally doesn’t cover expenses. Benefactors help the facility maintain operations.

    The Regional Occupation Centre, based in Port Hawkesbury, is well known for offering support for people with disabilities. The centre offers courses on employment skill and independent living, and also runs a group home.

    The Whycocomagh and Area Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary offers services to a large geographic area and is planning to use the funds to assist in purchasing a new Jaws of Life.

    That piece of equipment costs approximately $42,000.

    Three local groups offered their pitches to One Hundred Women Who Care including (from the left:) Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine, represented by Betty Ann MacQuarrie; the Whycocomagh and Area Volunteer Fire Department, with Sherryl Harrison and Karen Allen; and the Regional Occupation Centre, with Debbie Poirier.