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NewmarketToday readers, businesses help raise almost $2,000 for Women’s Centre of York Region

Thanks to your contributions, we were able to give back to our local women’s centre in honour of International Women’s Day
Liora Sobel, Executive Director of the Women's Centre of York Region with NewmarketToday's Allie Kelly.

On International Women’s Day, people around the world celebrate the political, cultural and socio-economic achievements of women near and far.

And we have many extraordinary women to honour right here in our community who make Newmarket a better place.

While it is important to mark this day with celebration, it is also a time to reflect on the reality of gender inequality in our world.  

Women, girls and non-binary people are at the highest risk of experiencing domestic abuse, homelessness, poverty and gender-based violence.

In an effort to promote gender equality and assist women facing adversity in our community, we created a campaign to raise much-needed funds for the women’s centre.

The campaign was simple. We secured gift cards for the Women’s Centre of York Region, donated by Vince’s Market and asked our readers to purchase the gift cards for the centre at $25 apiece through our online pop-up store, with all money donated and the gift cards to be donated to the centre.

We then matched the $25 care gift card purchase price to double the donation. 

But that’s not all. 

We were able to leverage the power of our community to make the donations even bigger by asking our local business partners to match our donation. 

GEM Health Care Services, Nicole McCann - Desjardins Insurance Agent, and Riverwalk Wealth all answered the call.

For each gift card purchased in our pop-up store, every dollar was matched four times with all proceeds going directly to the centre.

In Newmarket, the generosity of our readers and advertisers was translated into a donation of $1,875 for the shelter, plus the gift cards!

Thank you for helping us to strengthen our community and empower local women in need here in Newmarket.

Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

About the Author: Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

Riley is a Communications Specialist and member of the Village Media Cares Team, whose mission is to create meaningful, long-lasting and positive change in the communities we serve.
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