Visit from Mission with a Vision charity Director Patrick
Immediate Past President presented the Kenyan charity Mission with a Vision with a cheque for £1300 after a number of members met with Patrick Ngigi for supper. The charity has worked for many years to assist girls escaping FGM and early marriage in Kenya, providing support and accommodation at their safe house located near the Masai Mara national reserve. The charity also ensures that the girls receive an education – this has resulted in many girls becoming nurses, teachers and lawyers in Kenya.
The club raised funds to assist with the charity’s goals by holding a Fashion Show (supported by Artichoke, Ely) where tickets were purchased to attend, and a percentage of the taking were donated to the charity. In addition, the then President Andrea held a ceilidh during which donations were collected. Fundraising also took place during a Literary Lunch.
Patrick Ngigi, Founder and Director of the charity, travelled from Kenya to meet and thank sponsors in the UK, as well as working to attract further sponsorship that will enable more girls to be educated and supported. On his visit to King’s Lynn he thanked SI King’s Lynn club members for their contributions over the past few years and spoke about the difference their support has made.
Mission with a Vision – http://missionwithavision.net/
On Sunday 10th July, members of Soroptimist International Club of King’s Lynn, held their forty-first Charter Lunch at Congham Hall, Grimston. President Corinne welcomed club members and guests from clubs across the region, including Regional President Dilly Meyer and from their Friendship Link clubs in Solihull and Amber Valley.
The after dinner speaker was Eleanor Milburn, who spoke about her time working for the Open University and linked it into the Soroptimist Vision of helping women and girls to achieve their potential through education and empowerment.
After lunch, members and guests were treated to a guided tour of Congham Hall’s Herb and Kitchen garden by their Head Chef. He described how he used the produce in the menu and outlined their plan to expand the Kitchen garden, to increase their self-sufficiency.
The afternoon concluded with the chance to relax in the grounds with tea and homemade biscuits.
Strawberry Tea for Tools
President Corinne held a strawberry tea on Sunday 26th June in Ingoldisthorpe in aid of Tools for Self Reliance, one of her chosen charities for this year. The charity specialises in helping people in Africa to start up their own business by donating refurbished items for haberdashery, wood work, metal work and mechanical businesses. Their motto is, ‘Practical help for practical people.’ It enables people to work their way out of poverty by providing people with tools and training to start up and earn a living, working in and building up their communities.
A sum of over £70 was raised with donations of plants from members and Ward’s Nursery, Ringstead for a plant stall with over £270 raised from the afternoon. A raffle was held and members baked cakes for the occasion. All were treated to a strawberry cream tea with Prosecco and the weather held out. Local contacts for the charity; Lorna and John Bowden and John Miles attended. A presentation on the work of Tools for Self-Reliance was given by John Miles.
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT WATERLAND – A GREAT SUCCESS
Val Rout and President Corinne (together with her husband, Stas) travelled to Holland at the invitation of SI Waterland to celebrate the anniversary of 40 years of the Friendship Link with SI King‘s Lynn. They were joined by 14 members from SI Baden Baden (together with some more husbands!) for whom it was the inauguration of the friendship link between their club and Waterland.
Please see the Friendship Link page for the full report.
On Saturday evening, we met in the Art Hotel Spaander in Volendam for a gala supper. The hotel was full of paintings (many by well know artists) and we were in a room overlooking the Ijssel Meer. Before we ate, however, we were taken off for a surprise… a photo opportunity with the sisters dressed in Dutch costume!
We all said how much we had enjoyed the weekend and how well organised it had been and we hoped to build on the friendship links to help & support each other
Friendship Weekend in Krakow 20 – 21 May 2016
The weekend was celebrating the 20th anniversary for the First Krakow club and President Corinne together with club member Mary were very pleased to attend the weekend. Visitors from a number of clubs and countries attended the weekend.
The weekend started on the Friday evening at the Town Hall. The evening included local dignitaries praising the Krakow Club for its work and achievements as well as the President of SI Krakow welcoming guests. Music entertainment was provided by the young musicians supported by the club and was excellent.
The Gala Dinner was held at the Holiday Inn in Krakow. The visiting guests presented gifts to the President of the Krakow Club with our President Corinne starting in Polish with a clap of applause from everyone. During the evening we were very pleased to have the Friendship certificate signed to commemorate our latest Friendship Link club SI Krakow.
It was a very enjoyable weekend, making new friendship as well as President Corrine meeting up with some old friends.
Please see the full report on the Friendship Link page
Norfolk Hospice Tapping House
Members visited the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House on the 10 May for a guided tour of the new premises. Jessica, the events co-ordinator gave us a very informative tour including the day therapy unit, bereavement support as well as the splendid garden. The building had been carefully planned to try and accommodate all those who would need help.
The hospice provides support with home hospice and respite care but is not able to open the unit for people to stay at the moment.
The percentage of funding for the hospice which comes from the NHS, 10%, and is well below the 35% national average, so the services depend on donations and legacies, and from volunteering, something club members could consider.
At the meeting held on 9 May 2016 President Corinne was delighted to welcomed 17 guests to the meeting. The guests included members friends and potential members who had been met at recent events including the Earth Day Event.
Before the business part of the meeting presentations were made to give the guests a background to Soroptimist International and the club. These included talks on the Fundraising & Events Committee’s role within the club, focusing on the President’s Strawberry Tea next month which aims to raise funds for Tools for Self Reliance.
The Friendship Links were also explained. Two new members then described their journeys to joining SIKL, which were followed by a talk about the Club’s Programme Action over the past year in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals for 2015-19, explaining that projects within SIGBI happen at international, national, regional & local levels. The club works at both action and raising awareness, giving examples such as Public Speaking for Schools, Norfolk Says No and Purple Teardrop projects.
The presentations were completed by talk on Soroptimism including the work of Soroptimist International, and our connections with worldwide organisation such as the United Nations.
The meeting was a great success.
Earth Day Event