Special Olympics Halton Hills Introduces Coed Basketball this Fall

COMMUNITY Aug 15, 2019 Independent Free Press

 

Special Olympics Halton Hills is pleased to announce the introduction of Coed Basketball for the intellectually disabled residents of Halton Hills. The basketball season will run October 22nd 2019 through to May 12th 2020. Practices will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Stewarttown Middle School in Halton Hills. Athletes must be between 12 and 65 years old. The 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills have generously donated 100% of the funds required to start up this new sport program.

For more information about the coed basketball team contact Lisa Reid at hhbb@specialolympicsontario.ca.

Special Olympics Halton Hills currently offers sporting opportunities in swimming, floor hockey, curling, rhythmic gymnastics and track and field. More information about Special Olympics Halton Hills can be found at Georgetown.specialolympicsontario.ca.

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills gives $8K to Bennett Centre

Funds to be used for the centre's music therapy program and garden project

COMMUNITY May 22, 2019 Independent Free Press

 

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills presents a cheque for $8,000 to the Bennett Centre for its music therapy program and garden project. - 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills photo

The Bennett Centre is the latest beneficiary of funds from 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills.

The local group recently presented a cheque for $8,000 to the centre in support of its music therapy program and garden project.

The Bennett Centre is home to 66 seniors who require long-term care. Though located beside the hospital, the Bennett is a separate, independent charity and doesn’t receive any funding from the hospital.

“We are overwhelmed by your generosity and very grateful that we can continue to offer music therapy sessions to our seniors,” said Bennett Centre executive director Helen Eby. “Music therapy helps make connections and reach people in ways that few, if any, other therapies can. A portion of this donation will also ensure the Bennett gardens have enough funding to continue to engage the senses and lift the spirits of Bennett residents.

Halton Hills residents launch 100 Women Who Care initiative

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills has raised $14,000 since its inaugural meeting last November. They will meet again on Aug. 13, at the Acton Town Hall Centre. Nominations for charities and not-for-profit organizations to be considered at that meeting will be accepted until July 31.

For more information on membership and how to nominate an organization, visit www.100womenhaltonhills.com.

Sarah Burrows, Heather Coles, Lori Gysel and Jill Farrington present a cheque for $5,600 to Georgetown Bread Basket board chair Lori Brading and treasurer Bruce Sutton. - 100 Women Who Care/photo

On Dec. 12, 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills, represented by committee members Sarah Burrows, Heather Coles, Lori Gysel and Jill Farrington, presented a cheque for $5,600 to Georgetown Bread Basket board chair Lori Brading and treasurer Bruce Sutton.

The money donated by the founding members at their inaugural meeting in November made it possible for the food bank to replace a broken freezer and fill it with turkeys, just in time for Christmas. 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills will meet again on Feb. 13, 2019 at the Club at North Halton. Nominations for charities and not-for-profit organizations to be considered at that meeting will be accepted until Jan. 30, 2019.

For more information on membership and how to nominate an organization go to https://www.100womenhaltonhills.com.

As appeared in Independent Free Press Online Edition Dec 14, 2018

 

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills holds successful inaugural meeting

 

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills held its inaugural meeting on Nov. 14. - 100 Women Who Care/photo

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills are well on their way to achieving their goal of attracting at least 100 philanthropist women dedicated to supporting local charities and not-for-profit organizations serving the residents of Halton Hills.

On Nov. 14, they held their inaugural meeting of more than 40 founding members.

These women are committed to meeting four times per year, nominating, championing and voting for three organizations at each meeting, and then immediately donating $100 each to the group with the most votes.

Momentum in the group continues to grow and they are thrilled to have already reached nearly 50 per cent of their goal of 100 members.

Of the three nominations presented at the Nov. 14 meeting, the charity chosen to receive their very first donation was The Georgetown Bread Basket. Prior to the vote, founding co-ordinator Lori Gysel made an impassioned presentation as she explained that the local food bank was in desperate need of a new freezer to store donated Christmas turkeys.

She couldn’t be happier to report that as a result of the generosity of the members, more than $5,000 will go toward helping The Georgetown Bread Basket fulfil its mission to help feed the hungry in our community, just in time for Christmas.

Online donations through their website along with the cheques they’ve collected so far have been forwarded to The Georgetown Bread Basket to buy the freezer, but the official cheque presentation will take place next month.

In the meantime, it’s not too late to join 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills and donate to the food bank by going to their website where they’ve partnered with Canada Helps to process donations. Tax receipts will be issued directly by the charity.

100 Women Who Care Halton Hills was the inspiration of Gysel. Ever since she heard that her friend had helped found a 100 Women group in Guelph, she knew she wanted to launch a similar group in Halton Hills. Earlier this year, with the help of friends, Heather Coles, Jill Farrington, and Sarah Burrows, 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills (100WWCHH) was born. They couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement from local sponsors to supply such things as meeting space (The Club at North Halton), a banner and business cards (Sartor & Associates Inc.), website hosting (The Mill Street Cheese Market), and all their printing and copying needs (Royal Containers). They are also grateful to volunteer members who managed the registration table, counted ballots, and reconciled the donation cheques.

The next meeting of 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Club at North Halton. Registration and networking starts at 6 p.m., with the meeting running from 7 to 8 p.m. For further information, visit https://www.100womenhaltonhills.com/

As appeared in Independent Free Press Online edition 11.2018

As appeared in Independent Free Press online edition 11.9.2018

 

 

The 100 Women Who Care initiative is seeking members and sponsors to join the new Halton Hills chapter, which is holding its inaugural meeting on Nov. 14.

A branch of the 100 Who Care Alliance, which has various chapters around the world, 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills has one main goal: to support local charities and non-profits who require the financial assistance — but are not asking for it.

The idea behind the philanthropic group, co-ordinator Sarah Burrows says, is to eventually have a minimum of 100 women gather four times a year, with each woman agreeing to donate $100 per meeting to a local charity. That means a minimum of $10,000 being donated to a different organization every three months.

Burrows is currently organizing the group with three local women: Heather Coles, Lori Gysel and Jill Farrington.

At each meeting, members will be able to nominate a Halton Hills charity or registered non-profit organization of their choosing. Those nominations, which are to be submitted two weeks prior to each meeting, will then go into a hat and three will be selected. The members who nominated the chosen three organizations will then proceed to give a five-minute presentation, outlining the reasons behind their respective choices.

Following the presentations, members will vote and the winning organization will receive that evening’s donation.

“People are very busy. They don’t have a lot of time to go out and go to meetings and whatnot. But really, it’s one hour four times a year for people who want to give,” Burrows said. “We’re filling a niche that says, ‘Let’s focus on our own community.’"

As 100 Women Who Care is composed of volunteers, Burrows says additional sponsors would be greatly appreciated. 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills is currently sponsored by the Mill Street Cheese Market and Royal Containers, as well as The Club at North Halton, which is providing a venue for the group’s first two meetings.

The group's inaugural meeting will be held on Nov. 14. Registration begins at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting from 7-8 p.m. For further information, visit www.100WomenHaltonHills.com, or call Burrows at 905-872-5999.

by Veronica Appia

Email: vappia@metroland.com

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