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Chelsea Hill and 100 Women Who Care Maui

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​Mana’olana Pink Paddlers

Mana’olana Pink Paddlers, a canoe club for cancer patients and cancer survivors, has been a recipient of a donation from 100 Women Who Care Maui.

Chelsea Hill found herself in a self-described “do or die situation.” A five-year-old neighbor confided that she was experiencing sexual abuse at home and no one believed her. With nowhere else for this girl to go, Hill got involved, but navigating the legal system quickly got expensive. She initially asked her own family to help with the costs of legal representation, but it wasn’t enough.  Her sister suggested doing a fund-raising event like one she saw in Victoria, Canada, called 100 Women Who Care. The model is simple: Using the power of group fund-raising, women are invited to gather together and commit to donating to a single local cause. 100 Women Who Care was founded in 2006 by Karen Dunnigan in Jackson, Michigan. Working with the Center for Human Health, Dunnigan learned that due to the cost of cribs, women were using boxes and dressers instead, putting their babies at risk. As much as $10,000 was needed to purchase cribs, mattresses, and blankets. Dunnigan designed the model around this need, asked 100 women to donate $100 each, and ended up with $12,800. Clearly, she was on to so …

Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues. almatassi.com.


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