100 Women Who Care program launched in Cayman

Women in Cayman who have an interest in helping others have started their own chapter of 100 Women Who Care.

The concept is simple. Take 100 women with $100 each and put them in a room. Three charities explain why they need a financial boost, and the 100 women vote on one that will receive all of the money on the spot.

Earlier this year, another newly established group, 100 Men Who Give A Damn, raised $21,500 for its chosen charity Meals on Wheels at its inaugural meeting.

James Stephen, along with others, brought the concept of 100 Men Who Give A Damn to Cayman. At the time, he said some women had expressed interest in getting involved and the plan was to set up a similar initiative – Cayman’s “100 Women Who Care.”

“Basically, it’s the same concept, the same structure and same goal as 100 Men Who Give a Damn as it is for 100 Women Who Care. You get as many people in a short period of time to give $100 and make a difference,” said Emma Graham-Taylor, who kick-started the women’s group in Cayman.

“I heard from so many women that they wanted to do something and be involved in some way in giving back to their community, but time and funds were limited, … with 100+ Women Who Care Cayman Islands, we now have a simple mechanism to make a huge difference in the community,” she said.

Refusing to take the credit for establishing the women’s group in Cayman. Ms. Graham-Taylor said she went on Facebook to see who else wanted to be involved and the response was overwhelming. “We’re working to create some structure to the chapter, with a small committee of amazing women, to put everything in place to hold our first meeting,” she said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Facebook page already had more than 550 likes.

Following the example of other groups across the world, and the men’s chapter in Cayman, Ms. Graham-Taylor said the already established 100 Women Who Care groups internationally have proven that a committed group of like-minded women can have a tremendous local impact and it does not have to be complicated.

How it works

Ahead of each meeting, each member can nominate one local charity. All nominations go into a draw. Three charities pulled from the draw are invited to make a five-minute presentation to the assembled members at the meetings and make a case for the charity and its needs. Following the presentations, members in attendance vote on their preferred charity and the organization with the most votes walks away with the funds raised, said Ms. Graham-Taylor.

Meetings are held four times a year.

The first meeting of the Cayman Islands branch of 100+ Women Who Care will be on Oct. 14 at a venue to be announced. More information is available at www.100womencayman.com or on the group’s Facebook page.