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February 5, 2024 6:57 AM

Cambridge women’s club hosts annual fundraiser for Conestoga scholarships

Tickets are now available for the annual breakfast fundraiser hosted by the Cambridge chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women in support of Conestoga scholarships.

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The Cambridge chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women held its annual International Women's Day Breakfast fundraiser in 2023 in support of Conestoga scholarships.

The 12th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast will be held March 2 at the Galt Country Club.

This event is the only fundraising initiative for the group’s scholarship fund, intended to support and promote education for women in the Cambridge area with annual post-secondary scholarships.

Awards of $1,000 each are given annually to recognize mature women who have chosen to attend school in an effort to better themselves. A total of 19 female students from various programs have received scholarships since the award’s inception in 2017.

“Knowing there are organizations and individuals who show such kindness and generosity means a great deal to both our students and the entire Conestoga community,” said Julie Gillis, associate director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.

The organization appreciates its partnership with the college and how it administers the awards, which members feel are going to women who can really benefit from the financial assistance.

“CFUW Cambridge is committed to promoting and advocating for education, human rights and social justice. For the last 70 years, we have provided scholarships to local women for their post-secondary education. In 2017, we decided to expand our scholarships with awards to mature women returning to school, attending Conestoga College and living in Cambridge or North Dumfries,” said treasurer Anne Groulx. “This year, we were able to increase the number and amount of our awards. Our primary regret is that our funds are limited.”

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a non-profit, non-partisan, self-funded organization working to improve the status of women and promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. The federation is part of a world-wide organization that advocates for women.

The Cambridge club is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and will include a history of scholarship awards during the event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The global awareness day held every March 8 is a focal point in the women’s rights movement that highlights issues including gender equality, reproductive rights and violence against women.

The guest speaker is local author David Menary, founder of “It Happened in Cambridge” and co-founder of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets are available through Canada Helps.