Great momentum on our 2020 Zonta Christmas Fundraiser — we are in sight of our goal!
Dear Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada (ZCO CA) Members:
It’s that time of year again… but this year will be different… and maybe even better. Our Zonta Club of Ottawa usually has a Holiday Party. Last year we celebrated at Sylvie Begin’s lovely condo. In other years, we have had dinner or a house party. Whatever the format, one thing has become a tradition at this time of year – giving donations in support of special projects. So this year, because everything’s been tossed on its head, let’s agree to do things differently.
Twelve Days of a Zonta Christmas
12 – Agree, that this year we will not be getting together in person – Our main priority this year will be to give out our Bursaries and Scholarships. We couldn’t hold our usual Fashion show, or Musical afternoon, or Summer picnic. So that means we as a club must raise the funds.
11 – Agree, that our Youth Bursaries (2@$800) are important as we not only recognize two leaders, but we know that they are not able to enjoy their usual High School experience and jobs are not available. Also, our two Mature University Awards (2@$2,000) are important as these women are sacrificing a great deal to go back to University in these troubling times.
10– Agree, that the Jane M. Klausman Award ($1,000) is vital for a young woman in a university business program and our New Immigrant Award ($1,000) is even more important this year as being a single mother is so very difficult. This funding will go a long way towards their getting a good job here in Canada.
9 – Agree, we can all help… but how? With a Holiday Matching Program
8 – Agree, already we have raised $2,000 towards our goal to support the 2021 Awards… but there is a catch – The four donors who contributed will give this to Zonta if we can raise an additional $2,000.
7– Agree, we certainly have given a lot this year… but most of us hate selling tickets – We know the club will have other tiny fundraising activities in the year – but nothing big.
6 – Agree, we are not asking for another donation. Nope! We are suggesting something different.
5 – Agree, from now until December 31, we tell our family and friends that “I do not need another scarf, I don’t want a bottle of wine and I really cannot afford a single pound on the waist from Chocolate.” Instead, ask them to donate to Zonta Club of Ottawa, or give you the money and you can donate it.
4 – Agree, we thought “Wow” when we learned that one couple decided not to get Christmas cards printed ($100) plus Postage ($100) so $200 to the fund means a lot to them.
3 – Agree, if a great aunt gives $10 – $25, our Zonta Fund will match it. So, our Fund will grow by $20 – $50.
2 – Agree, all donors get a tax receipt (over $20 donation)
#a. Pay through CanadaHelps (see ‘Donate’ on our website https://zontaottawa.ca/) or
1 – Agree, not only will we all have a very Merry Christmas, but our 2021 Zonta Awards Fund will be on its way to a great Awards Zoom Ceremony in May 2021.
Zontians are giving people. Let’s encourage those around us to give too. When our friends and family learn that their contributions will go to such important projects, they will no doubt agree that giving is its own gift.
We invite everyone to find creative ways to raise some funds for our Bursary and Scholarship programs.
Best of the season to everyone. Stay well.
Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada ‘Fundraising Committee’
Chairman: Sylvie Begin & Members: Susie Smith, Elspeth Nickle, Annegret Uhthoff
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