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Friday, 30 December 2016 05:19

100 Women Who Care: care a lot about Swift

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Through two meetings in 2016, a group of Swift Current women has raised more than $20,000 for two worthwhile charities.

After only organizing earlier this year and meeting twice, the Swift Current chapter of 100 Women Who Care has already done a world of good for those in Swift Current and southwest Saskatchewan.
Cindy Reimer, owner of the Glass Slipper Spa learned about a group of women who met on occasion to socialize, but with a purpose. It was an organization that started in the United States where the women would pay money to come together and talk, share some fellowship in nice surroundings, but do it with a significant donation, then the money paid would be given to charity.
Hence the idea moving forward for the Swift Current chapter of 100 Women Who Care. One of the themes for the group is “experience the power of charitable giving.”
The southwest Saskatchewan presented the Southwest YES with a cheque of $11,100 Nov. 16 as a result of the Nov. 14 meeting at Kabo’s Lounge and Restaurant. It had been decided earlier the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative would be the recipients.
“Most women don’t have the time to do a lot of volunteer work,” said Reimer who along with Carla Knudsen have helped organize the Swift Current group. “They still want to make a difference. Me and some others liked the idea.”
Reimer says 460 ‘liked’ the idea when first posted on Facebook in April and May of this year. They decided they would meet four times a year with those coming paying $100 each at the meeting.
The 100 Women Who Care would try to meet at different locations. Through social media and Facebook, Swift Current organizers got a list together of local charities and from that point, they decided on who would receive the pooled money.
“You can buy wine or food and it’s a way to get out with your friends,” Reimer explained and noted there’s no organized seminars per see, it’s just an opportunity to come and go one likes. If the woman wants to just  drop off a cheque so as to be included and leave, she can do that too.
While Reimer noted her and Knudsen are busy someday they would like to perhaps do a fashion show.
The first official donation was to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation to the tune of $10,700. They had first met in the patio area of Akropol.
No word yet when the next meeting will be, but visit the Facebook page ‘100 Women Who Care Swift Current,’ join the group and/or send Knudsen or Reimer a message.

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