Two girls in Victoria, British Columbia, have started their own chapter of the 100 Women Who Care movement. The chapter is called 100 Girls Who Care, and although Ella Stanger and Lily Cote are only 11 years old, the two have already shown their capacity for success as their chapter raised over $200 for its first charity.
100 Women Who Care is an organization founded on the belief that small donations from a large group of people can make an even larger impact, and 100 Girls Who Care follows the same model. The first meeting consisted of 20-30 girls from the ages of 8 to 18. “We were really excited for this first meeting” Cotes says, “because as I’ve researched, there are no other 100 Girls Who Care chapters out there, this is the very first in the whole world I think.” Each girl donated between $1-$10 to their charity of choice, Kidsports, an organization that conducts team sports for local youth.
In an interview, Cotes says, “I heard about 100 Women, and I thought, why don’t we do 100 girls? I thought it was an amazing thing that 100 women did, and I thought that there should be one for girls…and I wanted to start it, because I wanted to be the one to make a change.” Though the girls started the organization on a smaller scale than the original foundation, they hope to grow in the future and aim to raise attendance to 100 at their next meeting in January. Once they get older, the girls hope to pass the reigns on to another team of young leaders to keep the organization strong and long lasting.
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