Each year AWA members vote to select a charity of choice from among a shortlist nominated by its members. AWA members then spend the following year volunteering for and fundraising on behalf of the selected charity. Recent selections have included AberNecessities, Friends of Neonatal Unit, Befriend a Child, Aberdeen Cyrenians, the SSPCA, The Archie Foundation, Riding for the Disabled and Grampian Women’s Aid. In the past few years alone AWA members have raised more than £40,000 for these causes, with a cheque presented to our chosen charity each May at our Spring Luncheon.
Fundraising occurs throughout the year at our general monthly meetings via raffles and auctions, at the Holiday Craft Fair and other social events. In addition to selecting one main charity to sponsor, the AWA also make donations each year to each of the runner-up shortlisted charities as well as other local groups by request.
For 2022-2023, we are supporting Mental Health Aberdeen. They are a local charity that provides counselling and information services to adults and young people experiencing difficulties related to their mental health and wellbeing.