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The SIGBI Day of Action: Litter Pick on  Durdham Downs 18th July 2020

The theme for this day was originally Climate Change, but with the situation we have been in since the beginning of the year, the theme is now #SoroptimistsConnect.

We were asked how we are you connecting with each other and with your local community during lockdown? Also to use this opportunity to let the world know what we are doing to help during the pandemic, using  the hashtag #SoroptimistsConnect.  Of course Ivete has already done this on Facebook and Twitter

Since Lockdown we have been connecting with each other on a regular basis.  This includes our Zoom meetings (Club and Committees) talking on the telephone for those unable to connect to Zoom, social distancing in members gardens and joining  Marion on her fundraising walking challenge “100 miles for 100 years”.

To mark the Day of Action,  ten of our members (Yvonne, Marion, Sue P, Liz N, Lizzie, Denise, Susan, Gill B, Ruth and Ivete) had a very successful Litter Pick on Durdham Downs (Bristol). It was very well organised by our Programme Action Officer Yvonne who introduced the event and of  course included a good risk assessment.

As we are still unable to meet in large groups the ten of us social distanced and split into smaller groups and this enabled us to enjoy each other’s company too.  We heard what members had been doing during Lockdown, planned future events and at the same time helped the community.  In just over one hour we collected 10 bags full of litter and many passers-by thanked us as we went along.