- Sjorland Gibson
- Dec 5, 2018
Sjorland Gibson is an HBA student, and one of the student organizers behind 100 HBAs Who Care. She wrote a blog on the 100 HBAs Who Care event, on behalf of the organizing team.
What is 100 HBAs Who Care?
100 HBAs Who Care is a student-led initiative that connects students with local charities.
Here’s how it works. First, students buy a $10 event ticket. The night of the event, three charities present to student attendees to share what they do and success stories about those they have helped. After hearing the presentations, students vote on which charity they want the night’s proceeds to go to. The charity with the most votes receives 50 per cent of the proceeds, while the other two charities each receive 25 per cent.
This ensures students are actively involved in where their money goes, and that all charities benefit from an evening of sharing and connecting. 100 HBAs Who Care creates the opportunity to truly make an immediate and tangible difference and learn more about how to get involved in charitable organizations.
This year, Anova, The Alzheimer Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of London presented at the event.
The support from Ivey and Western students was immense. 100 HBAs Who Care raised approximately $2,000 from ticket revenues – almost double the amount raised from last year! Anova received the most votes, and will consequently receive approximately $1,000. The outstanding amount will be split between The Alzheimer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters of London.
Rachel M., a fourth-year student, said “This was my second year attending 100 HBAs Who Care, and I’ve been truly moved by the stories shared at these events. I’ve always wanted to help those around me, but sometimes it’s hard to find the right avenues to do so. 100 HBAs has given me the opportunity to actually see the difference I’m making.”
Rachel’s sentiment was shared by many who attended the event, who have learned how to get more involved in their community.
About the charities
Anova provides a safe space for women and children who have experienced domestic violence or abuse. Anova has two emergency shelters, and second stage housing that ensures survivors receive the support they need. By combining education, counselling, and an interactive mapping program, Anova ensures women and children can safely seek refuge when needed.
The Alzheimer Society is dedicated to helping those who suffer from dementia and their families. Through the help of thousands of volunteers and professionals, The Alzheimer Society eases the difficulties associated with this challenging disease, all across Canada.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of London works with children and teenagers to help build them a brighter future. By connecting young people with the guidance and support they need to improve their health, sense of belonging, and self-esteem, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides younger generations with the tools they need to be their best self.
Thank you on behalf of all three charities and the 100 HBAs Who Care team to all of those who got involved. For more information on the charities, and how to further get involved, visit their websites here: Anova, The Alzheimer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of London. More information on 100 HBAs Who Care can be found here.