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100 Strong aims to raise $10,000 for Sudbury charity

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As part of the fourth 100 Strong campaign, 100 people will come together virtually for one hour on June 24 to raise $10,000 for a local charity.

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“Every once in a while, an idea grabs someone’s attention,” organizer Anna Maria Barsanti said in a release. “This idea, which comes from the book Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett, grabbed my attention and I decided to make it happen.”

Barsanti invited community members to participate in the first 100 Strong event in 2013 and was ecstatic with the response.

“It caught on and, before I knew it, we were well on our way towards achieving our goal,” she said. “This simple concept had a huge impact. Participants reached out this spring and encouraged me to organize the event once again so they would have an opportunity to support a local charity.

“COVID has had an adverse impact on the lives of many people in our community. Supporting a local charity is one way of giving back.”

Registration will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. on June 24. Each participant will contribute $100. Each contribution equals one vote. Each participant can nominate a local charity. Charities are entered into the draw only once, regardless of how many times they are nominated.

Charities must be local, ensuring all donations remain in Greater Sudbury. Five ballots will be drawn from the nominated charities. The nominators will then have five minutes to convince the group to vote for their charity. The organization that garners the most votes will receive the donation, which is expected to total $10,000.

“The person who nominated the final charity gets to present the donation directly to them,” Barsanti said. “The next time 100 Strong is held, the individual shares how the money was used and what difference it made.”

Charities that have benefitted from 100 Strong include the Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund; the Social Planning Council; and NEO Kids.

Community members are invited to participate in 100 Strong on June 24 by contacting Barsanti at amb@persona.ca.

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