‘100 Women’ donates $29,000 to CARE charity

100 Women Who Care hand over a check to animal charity group CARE on Monday. – PHOTO: MELISSA WOLFE

Members of 100 Women Who Care Cayman raised $29,000 this week at their third meeting since the charity was set up last year.

The giving circle, which meets quarterly for an hour of fundraising and networking, listened to presentations from three nominated charities before voting for the cause they believed should receive the funds.

The women opted to give the money to Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts, known as CARE.

Each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting.

This was the first time the group, which met Monday at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, has chosen an animal charity.

CARE director Lesley Agostinelli said, “We are humbled and proud to have received the support and donation from this fantastic movement. The funds will go directly towards a project we have been dreaming about for a long time, and now the hard work can begin.

“We will be heading into under-serviced communities to improve the lives of pets by offering preventative vet care and sterilization.”

Emma Graham-Taylor, chairwoman of 100 Women Who Care Cayman, told attendees at Monday’s meeting that 100 Women Who Care and its correponding male group, 100 Men Who Give a Damn, have collectively raised $170,000 for seven local charities since last June.

The next meeting of the Cayman Islands chapter of 100 Women Who Care will be held in July. Organizers advise attendees to pre-register and make their charity nominations online prior to the meeting.

For more information, see www.100womencayman.com.