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100+ Women Campaign distributes funds to Columbus House Pembroke, Carefor Health and Community Services and Pembroke and Area Cross-Country Ski Club

By Tina Peplinskie, OBSERVER MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

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The 100+ Women Campaign recently presented its 2017 funds to three local organizations. On hand for the cheque presentation (from left) Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters, 100+ Women committee chairwoman and member of the PPDCF board; Tina Belanger, executive director of Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc.; Audrey Edwards, volunteer co-ordinator at Carefor Health and Community Services and Alicia Berthume, membership co-ordinator for the Pembroke Area Cross Country Ski Club.

Tina Peplinskie/Daily Observer: The 100+ Women Campaign recently presented its 2017 funds to three local organizations. On hand for the cheque presentation (from left) Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters, 100+ Women committee chairwoman and member of the PPDCF board; Tina Belanger, executive director of Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc.; Audrey Edwards, volunteer co-ordinator at Carefor Health and Community Services and Alicia Berthume, membership co-ordinator for the Pembroke Area Cross Country Ski Club.

Area women have once again demonstrated their power of being able to make a huge difference in the community.

100+ Women Campaign, an initiative started by the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation (PPDCF) in 2014, recently handed out its 2017 contributions to three worthwhile recipients – Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc.-Young Parent Support Program, Carefor Health and Community Services Renfrew County (Pembroke) and Pembroke and Area Cross-Country Ski Club (PAXC).

Through this annual campaign, some of the women contribute $100 themselves, while others contribute on behalf of women who are important in their lives. The donors are given an opportunity each year to donate to worthwhile women’s causes in the community, explained Elizabeth Radley-Walters, committee chairwoman and member of the PPDCF board, during the event at Anthony's Restaurant recently.

Each year, $5000 is directed immediately to the community’s greatest needs regarding area women and $5000 is set aside as an endowment that grows. As with all of the foundation’s endowment funds, they grow with the earnings on the interest being redirected back to the cause.

Tina Belanger, Columbus House executive director, was on hand to accept $2,000 towards the Young Parent Support Program. She told those gathered that the money would be used to cover the cost of activities for the parents and children, purchasing skates and helmets, parent and tot swimming sessions at Kinsmen Pool, music lessons and classes about healthy eating.

“We are thrilled to be getting this grant as it will really make a different in the lives of our young parents,” she said.

The project will address positive well-being, mental and physical health as well as nutrition for both the young parents and their children. The goal is to foster and develop an active and healthy lifestyle that can be carried on and passed onto the children.

The $1,000 gift to Carefor will be put towards the Community Medical Equipment Loan Cupboard, an initiative that was started in 2017. Carefor accepts donations of gently used medical equipment from people in the community and makes it available to others in need, free of charge explained Carefor volunteer co-ordinator Audrey Edwards, who expressed gratitude at receiving the gift.

“We have quite a number of ladies who approach us for medical equipment when their spouse is sick, or they've been widowed and are in need of medical equipment so this has been life changing,” he said.

Since starting six months ago, the cupboard has accumulated a number of items for loan including wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, commode chairs, bed rails, canes and other items. While many were donated some were also purchased, Edwards noted.

The money will go towards expanding the loan cupboard. Since it opened, 75 per cent of the use of this cupboard is by women accessing equipment to help care for a family member. The goal is alleviate the financial pressures associated with the costs of illness and/or injury.

Alicia Berthume of the Pembroke and Area Cross-Country Ski Club explained the $2,000 gift will be put towards parking lot lighting and improving safety at the club. The club has between 150 and 200 members, 50 per cent of which are women. Because there is no electricity at the Forest Lea Ski trails located at the end of Forest Lea Road, only 31 per cent of club members ski at night. The club is fundraising to purchase a hydro pole in order to run electricity to the clubhouse and install parking lot lighting.

“We are hoping if we making it more welcoming and safer, it will encourage more women and children to come out after school for a ski,” said Berthume. “When the lights are on we hope to see some of you out on the trails.”

Because of the costs associated with the project, the club would be exploring other funding avenues in the hopes of having the lighting installed by this winter.

The 100+ Women Committee is made up of Alison Radley-Walters, Lisa Bradley, Vicki Bradfield, Linda Mohns, Corry Chow, Karen Gauthier and Elizabeth Radley-Walters.

For more information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters at 100women.givingthatgrows@gmail.com, call 613-732-9215 or visit https://goo.gl/hDh3r2 on Facebook or on Twitter @100Women_PemPet.

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