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100 Kids Who Care comes to Kawartha Lakes

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KAWARTHA LAKES-They are pint sized humans with gallon sized hearts! 100 Kids Who Care Kawartha Lakes launches in the new year.

100 Kids Who Care gives children the opportunity to learn about their community, empowers them to become advocates for organizations and issues that matter to them, learn the importance of giving back and how they can use their time, treasure and talent to make a difference in their own community.

The premise is that organizers work together to recruit at least 100 school-age (Kindergarten- Gr.8) kids in the Kawartha Lakes who will commit to attending three 1-hour meetings a year.

Kids must come to the meetings prepared to donate $10 each to a local charity they will vote on. Before each meeting the kids are invited to nominate a local charity via a website to be in the running to receive support. The kids then vote on the charity that they would like to support, the one with the most votes leaving the meeting with all of the money.

It doesn’t end there though, that charity comes back to the next meeting to give a quick report on the impact the kids’ donation made.

​”100 Kids Who Care Kawartha Lakes is a partner to help you teach your kids in a real and practical way about giving back; provides online references and resources to build on the principles the kids learn in meetings (eg. opportunities to volunteer, local charitable events to support, ideas for how to incorporate volunteerism and giving into your family’s life)” according to the website.

100 Women Who Care was brought to the City of Kawartha Lakes in 2016 by three local powerhouse women. Sharon Robbins, Sharon Smith-Carter and Bella Alderton are all friends and when one of them saw an article on 100 Women Who Care, all three of them immediately jumped on board. “We decided it would be a really great idea and I thought it was a no brainer” says Sharon Smith-Carter. “The concept was really amazing and Sharon C thought we’d get about 75 people out to our first meeting, Bella thought 60 and I thought we’d be lucky to get 50” Sharon Robbins told Kawartha 411. 120 women showed up the first night. In just four hours, “100 Women Who Care Kawartha Lakes” raised and donated almost $60,000 to local charities in the last year.

100 Men Who Care Kawartha Lakes will be holding their inaugural meeting in November.

100 Kids Who Care is a great way to start discussions with young people about financial literacy and how charitable giving is an important part of their decision making about finances.

For more information click here: https://www.100kidskawarthalakes.com

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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