President’s Charity 2017-2018
President’s Charity 2017-2018
This year, as a Club we will continue to support our longstanding commitments to projects such as, the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative, Malarchi, KIVA and the awarding of the Soroptimist cup. In addition to these, during this year, the President’s special focus will be patient welfare on the Sam Davies Ward, Barry Hospital. The Sam Davies Ward has as its catchment area Barry, Sully, Penarth, Wenvoe, Llantwit – in fact the areas where most of our members reside. Through this project, in a number of practical ways, the Club can make a real difference to the patients on this Rehabilitation Ward. Not only has this the potential to be a really exciting project but it is also a fitting way to mark this special fiftieth year.
During the year, a number of fundraising events are planned to support the Sam Davies Ward and our other commitments. In addition to these, because service is at the heart of Soroptimism we aim to launch the 50th Challenge to coincide with our 50th Anniversary. Groups and individuals will have the opportunity to undertake a challenge which incorporates 50 in an act of service. The challenge is not a fundraising activity but will be an opportunity to be creative and inventive in support of various charities and organisations.
Barry Rotary Duck Race and Fayre
Your donations to our sweet stall made £120 for the President’s Charity and there is now a ‘stock’ for upcoming events. It was an enjoyable day, with only a couple of showers, and lovely to have members call at the stall, unfortunately none of our ducks won!!!!!!
Barry and District Soroptimists invited Sister Linda Edwards of the Sam Davies Ward at Barry Hospital to their June meeting to talk about patient welfare and her vision for the Ward. Members were enthused by her ideas as to how they could support the patients and provide items to stimulate them and improve their environment. At the end of her talk President Jackie presented her with a record player/CD player and radio to be used to provide musical stimulation. Also, President Elect Mary Tornabene donated her childhood collection of vinyl records and Diane Dixon a variety of classical CDs. Kay Thomas, on behalf of the Club, donated two boxes of greeting cards and stamps for patients to use. The Sam Davies ward being the charitable focus of the President this year.
Soroptimist Display in Barry Hospital for President’s Charity and Membership Month
Soroptimist International Barry & District celebrated Membership Month by having a display of their activities in the reception area of Barry Hospital on the 9th-11th May. Members also used the occasion to launch the new President’s charity/focus which is the Sam Davies Ward. The display was met with a very positive response from the public who not only expressed interest in the Club’s various projects but also were very supportive of the Sam Davies Ward, donating £104 and items such as toiletries, nightwear and audio books. Sister Jill and Sister Linda from the Ward visited the display and expressed their appreciation for the support of the Soroptimists.