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 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 2021-2022, the second year in a row, we are supporting AberNecessities. They help to support families in need in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to meet the basic and essential needs of children, from ages 0-18 years old. They work closely with a range of professionals, from NHS to schools to social workers. They collect donations and widely distribute these items, to meet the needs of families in our community, ranging from maternity bundles for mothers and babies to nappies, formula milk, clothing, toys, and equipment. All items are greatly appreciated.
AberNecessities offers volunteer opportunities, and many of our members have found joy in helping this worthy cause, by collecting items, donating, sorting donations, washing clothes, and helping to distribute items to families in need.