This has been an interesting year for SI Bournemouth. We have all been thrilled to host three events face to face. Two of these were for the celebration of Soroptimists one hundred years. The first at West Hants Club, where we hold our monthly meetings, we planted three Soroptimist roses and enjoyed lighting the candles of celebration as you will see in the photos above.
The second event was at the Miramar Hotel where we planted an Olive Tree for Peace.
The third Event was our Summer Party held in the grounds of a local school, we enjoy having the Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell as our Guest, and an interesting Speaker, Eileen Rawlings, who is a founder of the Annual Shakespeare play performed on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.
We are pleased that we have been able to continue our Programme Action during the pandemic, sometimes using different methods of working but nevertheless supporting women and children locally, nationally, and internationally.
We have and continue to support convoys to refugee camps in Syria and the Yemen, supported a charity feeding and clothing vulnerable adults in our local area, another charity supporting migrants and asylum seekers and continued support for local refuges for women experiencing domestic violence. We have raised funds for our charity, Cementing Futures, by running a hydration station for ‘Run Bournemouth.’
Our Planet group has kept us updated on recycling initiatives such as Ecobricks. Lobbying the government on issues of women’s safety, child marriage, modern day slavery and other relevant issues has remained active. We have been able to restart our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Challenge for Girls in Years 8 & 9.
We would like to wish you all, a very Peaceful 2022, and hope this tragic pandemic cease to cause so many problems around the World.
Jane Hume, SI Bournemouth Link Coordinator.