Presidents Jeanne and Dorothy would like to support:-
Women and Girls through Education and Leadership supporting HARV, the local Domestic Abuse Unit,
The Purple Teardrop Campaign, against Human Trafficking,
The Contact Center, and Gambian Maternity Health amongst other charities.
This year we have raised:-
£409 for HARV
£382 for Sports Relief
£149 for Purple Teardrop
£150 for Mary’s Meals
£100 for Water Aid
£168 for Cambodian Maternity Care
£115 for Maternal And Child Health International in the Gambia
£40 for McMillan Nurses
We have also manned the Contact Centre 6 times, filled approximately 40 Washbags for HARV, Lobbied our PM about Women in Prison, provided Maundy with food for distribution, collected old jewelry for Maternity care, recycled spectacles, and raised awareness of Ovarian Cancer and Osteoporosis.
At Great Harwood Fair where we raised over £300 for HARV, and a good time was had by all!
Rishton Festival raised another £107 and a cheque for £410 was handed over to HARV for the Domestic Abuse Team in Hyndburn. Approximately 45 filled washbags were also given to the team for women and girls who need the toiletries.
Fairtrade Day was celebrated by a Coffee morning at Margaret’s.
Fairtrade tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolate, marmalade and wine were all in the raffle as members and friends held a coffee morning to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise funds for President Jean’s charity – Kidney Research.
Over £100 was raised as members enjoyed each others company and planned events to improve the lives of women and girls.
BODY SHOP PARTY HELPS RAISE OVER £100 FOR THE PURPLE TEARDROP
Christine from the Body Shop brought a selection of products and spoke about the principles and work of The Body Shop giving the club a commission on sales and a contribution to the raffle.
£108 was raised. £38 to raising awareness through Posters, badges and flyers and £70 as a direct contribution to the Purple Teardrop Campaign.
The Purple Teardrop Campaign supports women and girls support and practical care in Sexual Assault Referral Centres and safe houses. Victims are often traumatised by their experiences and need specialist help and sensitive care to help them stabilise their lives and plan how to return to normal life.
President Dorothy thanked Christine and everyone who contributed to the success of the evening.
Soroptimists of Rishton and Great Harwood contributed over £400 towards reaching the £1 million fundraising target for Project SIerra and Hope and Home for Children’s lifesaving work with women and children in Sierra Leone. Soroptimists International of Great Britain and Isle of Man raised an incredible £370,000 of this £1millon – SIGBI gave birth to the project and like a proud mother nurtured it right the way through to this momentous occasion.
CAMBODIAN MATERNITY CARE
Members sent Fob watches, hand gels and tiny knitted cardigans and hats to Cambodia to improve the care in Stung Treng Hospital.
President Jean’s Charity - Kidney Research UK
Lindsey, Jean and Nicky from Organ Donation
Nicky Hargreaves, a Specialist Nurse from Organ Donation gave an informative and interesting talk to members, encouraging everyone to register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or 0300 123 23 23.
Lindsey, a kidney recipient, swam 50 lengths to raise money for Kidney Research UK.
Over £1,250 has been raised so far this year. Well done Soroptimists!
Fund Raising at The Crying of the Fair in Great Harwood
Programme Action is the reason for being a Soroptimist. It reflects the Vision and the Mission of Soroptimist International. It encompasses the voluntary work carried out by our members.
Members supported Rishton Festival by organising and running a Jarbola raising funds for Kidney Research.
Members of Rishton and Great Harwood also support:
HARV Domestic Violence Unit,
World Water Works for Pakistan,
Hope and Homes in Sierra,
The Contact Centre,
The Purple Ribbon campaigne against trafficking,
Local Prospect Environmental Panels,
Friends of Rishton Youth,
Great Harwood Community Action Group,
Decorating Rishton People’s Centre
At our Open Evening President Jeanne gave HARV a cheque for £250 and 17 filled washbags.
A representative from HARV explained to members and guests the work carried out by HARV.
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