The organization 100 + Women Who Care Oceanside donated $21,500 on Jan. 22 to the Wheels for Wellness Society for a new van. From left to right: Debbe Patterson, Melissa Tracey, Joan Ethier Katharine Lennox, Pat Manuel, Don Buchner, Wheels for Wellness executive director and Parksville-Qualicum Beach Michelle Stilwell. Inspired by 100 + Women Who Care, an organization for men in the area will start up in December. - Submitted photo

The organization 100 + Women Who Care Oceanside donated $21,500 on Jan. 22 to the Wheels for Wellness Society for a new van. From left to right: Debbe Patterson, Melissa Tracey, Joan Ethier Katharine Lennox, Pat Manuel, Don Buchner, Wheels for Wellness executive director and Parksville-Qualicum Beach Michelle Stilwell. Inspired by 100 + Women Who Care, an organization for men in the area will start up in December. - Submitted photo

100+ Men Who Care set to start up in Parksville Qualicum Beach

First meeting will be in early December

Inspired by 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside, a group of men are gearing up to start a similar organization in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

Four times a year, members will get together for an hour-long meeting where they decide where their donation will go that time around. Each member donates $100, and the cumulative amount of $10,000 or more is then donated.

WWCO have been meeting since January 2017, and have raised $220,8oo for local charities as of November 2019.

READ MORE: Women pack big punch for charity

100+ Men Who Care Oceanside will have their inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort and Spa.

Kim Burden, executive director at the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, decided to start up the group along with some friends and said they were inspired by the efforts of WWCO.

“We looked at what the women were doing with their 100 Women Who Care, and were so impressed, and thought probably the men should do something and get caught up to what the women were doing,” he said. ” We are hoping to equal the efforts that the women have put in, in terms of putting together significant amounts of money to charitable organizations in our community.”

Burden said a website should be up for the new organization soon, and in the meantime, any questions or charity suggestions can be emailed over to info@100oceansidemen.ca.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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