Outgoing President Bethan was delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to Laura Tranter from Barnardo’s at the Club’s AGM. President Bethan said, “My chosen charity for the year was Barnardo’s and, in particular, supporting Barnardo’s in Bridgend and their community support for offenders’ families. Barnardo’s are working with Parc Prison on a Literacy project to support families, women and children. Our support will help to fund workbooks for children of affected families – something that has not been done before and that, I believe, is very worthwhile.” Members have raised money throughout the year by holding a beetle drive, a silent auction, as well as raffles and sales of craft items. “President Bethan continued, “As the Club has raised so much money – over £2200 in total – as well as this donation to Barnardo’s, we will be supporting other local children’s charities. Thank
Over the past year members of SI Bridgend have been busily knitting and crocheting squares to make baby blankets for the charity ‘Life for African Mothers’, a maternal health charity aiming to make birth safer in sub Saharan Africa. Members were moved to take action after Angela Gorman, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the charity ‘Life for African Mothers’, spoke at a Club meeting. A total of 65 baby blankets were handed over to Angela at the Club’s AGM . She will be overseeing the safe delivery and distribution of the blankets along with the large quantities of baby clothing generously donated by the people of South Wales. Angela was delighted to receive so many blankets and urged us to “keep knitting”. She also explained about the “baby bundles” of baby clothing now being given to mothers in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Angela said,
Having agreed to sponsor a full toilet block for the coming year, we were delighted when our certificate arrived so promptly! Our toilet is twinned with a school block in Tando Allahyar, Sindh Province, Pakistan, a small community in the Hyderabad area.
President Bethan was delighted to present two long-standing Bridgend members with their 25 year certificate to celebrate 25 years each of Soroptimist service. Anne Morgan and Felicity Ladbrooke have both been very active members of the Club and both have held office as Club President.
SI Bridgend took part if the Awareness Day for local organisations in the Bridgend area on Saturday. This was an excellent opportunity to publicise Soroptimist International as well as highlight the many local, national and international service projects that the Bridgend members are involved in. Under the headings of ‘Educate, Empower, Enable’ a number of projects were highlighted including the International Women’s Day event, the Trafficking Conference hosted by the club, the Knitting project for Mothers for Africa, our regular Teas for the Elderly, sponsorship of young girls’ education in Cape Verde and the Water Filtration project in Pakistan. Fun and friendship was also conveyed with photos of members visiting our friendship link club in Finland, our Christmas Tree at the town’s Christmas Tree Festival and the trip to Hay Festival. The display generated a great deal of interest and discussion from visitors to the
23rd March was a day of celebration for members of SI Bridgend with an Easter Lunch, birthdays and long service awards, as well as one new member and one honorary member. First of all, it was lovely to welcome back President Bethan after her accident – we wish you well for your forthcoming operation and look forward to seeing you skipping around very soon. It was also a pleasure to welcome April May as a new member. April May has attended a number of events and Club meetings and is set to make a very positive contribution to Soroptimist International. Members also recognised the service given to SI Bridgend by long-standing member Rosemary Deere by making her an honorary member of the Club. Rosemary has been a Soroptimist for over 50 years and played a very active role during that time. President Bethan extended the
Members of SI Bridgend were joined by guests and visitors from other local Soroptimist Clubs for an interesting and enjoyable afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day. Our guest speaker Barbara Wilding, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police, amazed, inspired and informed us with tales of her experiences on a number of different Boards and the projects she has become involved with. An interesting and illuminating afternoon – and proof positive of the impact a woman can have …. even in “retirement”!
Bridgend member Carys Brown met up with our Friendship link, SI Moreton North on her recent trip to Australia. Carys explains, “Chris, Audrey and Sue from SI Moreton North brought a picnic to have with me at my son’s house in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. It was lovely to catch up with them and they send ‘All Good Wishes’ to SI Bridgend.”
Bridgend Soroptimists enjoyed a delightful fundraising event at The Heronston Hotel, Bridgend on Wednesday 27th January. A beetle drive was held together with a silent auction, and following a buffet supper, entertainment by GOODNESS GRACIOUS GLEE, a ladies choral group from Briton Ferry. The ladies started their performance with some familiar Welsh songs and followed with a selection of songs from the shows, and popular numbers, some old, some not so old, but all well loved. It proved to be a Sing-a-long Soroptimist night. We were delighted to welcome so many guests to the evening – quite possibly some prospective members! The evening raised over £230 and President Bethan thanked everyone who had helped and contributed towards such a successful evening. Good fun, good food and all for a good cause – Barnardo’s.
It was such a delight to receive Christmas Greetings from our Friendship Club in Finland. “Hello all SI Bridgend members,we all SI Uusikaupunki members wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It is already several months since we spent some memorable times together here in Uusikaupunki, on the other hand it is like yesterday…. We had a successful Christmas Market here two weeks ago, and we made a good money for our main project – supporting the young student by buying her books for three years of studies. We wish you all the best and a peaceful Christmas time. Hugs and love,SI Uusikaupunki”