Making a wish come true was the result of the latest gathering of 100 Women Who Care Annapolis Valley, as the Annapolis Valley Sub-Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation was the chosen charity March 29.
The women’s charitable group met for its quarterly event at Kings Riverside Court in Kentville, taking in three five-minute presentations before selecting the Wish Foundation as its fund recipient.
Long-time volunteers Betty Hebb and Millie Clements attended, with Clements describing the group’s work, and what happens when a wish is granted. Soren recently received her wish, as her family was whisked away to meet her favourite Disney princess, Rapunzel.
“She went from a world of horses, her mom, dad and brothers; and the world of Disney to battling lymphoma. That close family was stressed and brought together even more strongly, and the wish changes a lot of things back to good for all of them.
“We believe in the power of a wish; we’ve seen that magic first-hand, for children and their families.”
The 100 Women who Care attendees agreed, putting their money towards making a wish happen. Clements said the average wish costs about $10,000, and it just might be possible to have the wish the 100 Women help come true presented at one of the group’s gatherings.
Also benefiting this evening were two other community non-profit groups, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Canning Food Bank. Both took home $1,000 radio advertising credits with 89.3 K-Rock, which they can use to spread the word about their programs, services and needs.
Bonnie Sutherland said saving Nova Scotian land as natural spaces for wildlife and people is just the start of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust’s work. Ensuring the gifted land legacies left by so many individuals and families are protected, and accessible for education, awareness and appreciation; remains an on-going stewardship challenge.
Alice Veenema described the Canning Food Bank’s chance initiative last fall, in which volunteers turned hundreds of pounds of squash into a community project, partnering from donating farmers to food bank volunteers to local high school students who made soup to younger students and community members who ate the home-made, prepared meal together. The food bank would like to replicate what it sees as food turned into celebration with further partnered meals and projects, showing people how to gather, prepare and store food for themselves.
Please check out our facebook page for a video of the presentation of our group donation!
The 100 Women who Care Annapolis Valley meet quarterly, with members pledging to give $100 donations to each event’s voted recipient. Non-profit groups are nominated for the opportunity to present to the 100 Women. Please join us for our next meeting on June 21 at the Kings Riverside Court!
Sara White, Secretary