Inspired by the 100 Women Who Care movement, two 11-year-olds launch 100 Girls Who Care Victoria
“We were really excited for this first meeting. As I researched there is no other “100 Girls” chapter out there – this is the very first in the whole world, I think!” exclaims Lily Cote, the 11-year- old dynamo who was inspired by the 100 Women Who Care movement.
“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.”
Lily approached her friend Ella Stanger to join her in creating a 100 Girls chapter in Victoria.
“I had just started thinking about this at the time, and I asked her [Ella] to be my vice, and she said yes!”
Ella was on board right away. “We’re doing it because we want to give money to other charities to help their charities do what they’re doing.”
Between twenty and thirty girls, from the ages of eight to thirteen, showed up for the first half hour meeting.
Each deposited the name of a charity they would like the group to support into a box.
Three charities were chosen to be read to the group, then each girl voted for which charity they would like to see receive the money raised that evening.
Lily was pleased with both the turn-out, and the excellent charities that were nominated.
“The most important thing about this program is it teaches girls that they can make a change, and they can be strong, and they don’t have to be influenced by their parents.”
Lily’s mother Angela adds “We’re also looking for community sponsors, people that might want to sponsor things like print materials, and space [to hold the meetings.]”
Watch Veronica Cooper’s feature on 100 Girls Who Care Victoria to learn which charity received the donation, and the remarkable total raised at this first meeting.
Click here to learn more about 100 Girls Who Care Victoria.