More and more busy women are choosing to donate their time to charity, rather than simply writing a cheque. LEAH McLAREN reports on the do-good trend
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Never in a million years would I have figured myself for a charity case. And yet here I sit, lifting a glass of chardonnay in a room full of women in which the words 'silent auction,' 'corporate underwriters' and 'flower arrangements' are coming up at an alarming rate.
Fortunately, I'm on the giving end. I'm one of five women on the committee for the Humewood House Lovely Ladies Mar-tea-ni event, which will raise money for single teenaged mothers. We are a group of young single women in our 20s or 30s -- three television producers, one political adviser and a journalist -- with little time to spare for outside interests. Apart from the predilection for chardonnay, we don't fit the society lady mould: married non-professionals with time and money to burn."