Recently formed charity group 100 Women Who Care donated nearly $30,000 to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Tuesday evening.
This was the second meeting of the giving circle group, which raised a record-breaking $40,000 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre in its first event in October.
At the 100 Women Who Care meetings, three charities, chosen through a random selection process, each make a five-minute presentation. Attendees then vote to select which of the three will receive the donation.
After representatives from the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Kiwanis made their presentations, describing the work each organization does in the community, attendees voted by secret ballot.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association founder and chairwoman Dorothy Davis said she was overwhelmed and moved to tears when the tally revealed that her organization would receive the donation.
“We have never received anything like that, and we were in need – we’re so much in need – for funds to carry out things that the community is asking us for,” Ms. Davis said.
Ms. Davis founded the association in April 2012 after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
She said the donation will help the association pay for a special training course to help prepare emergency first responders and medical professionals to deal with individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Ms. Davis said Alzheimer’s does not get the type of attention and support other diseases do, and she was thrilled that many attendees approached her to ask how they could support the association in the future.
100 Women Who Care chairwoman Emma Graham-Taylor said Ms. Davis was “smart” in her presentation to ask those who knew somebody with Alzheimer’s to raise their hands.
“I think it touches so many people’s lives here,” Ms. Graham-Taylor said.
She added that many probably chose to vote for the association because “it’s a local grass-roots charity” without the branding or resources of an international organization supporting it.
Local charities are also getting a boost from men in the community. Last week, a similar giving-circle group, 100 Men Who Give a Damn, raised $14,800 at their third quarterly meeting for Cayman HospiceCare.
Danielle Coleman, director of operations for Cayman HospiceCare said that the charity was “thrilled” to receive the donation from 100 Men Who Give a Damn. She said such donations “go a long way to support our ability to continue giving free end of life care to all persons living with a terminal illness in the Cayman Islands.”
“Whilst being the recipient of funds is an amazing thing,” she said, “we want to congratulate ‘100 Men’ and their sister organization ‘100 Women’ for increasing the visibility of all charities by providing a platform to speak about the work we all do and more so for providing an opportunity where charities can come together to discuss potential partnerships.
“There is a significant amount of work we charities can do together and we are very grateful for providing an opportunity where we initiate these conversations and potential partnerships.”