Region Programme Action Officer’s Report
There were 74 programme reports published in the last 3 months with over £20,000 raised and 2406 beneficiaries reported. These reports were made by 12 clubs.
It was good, if time consuming. To have so many reports to read. Thank you!
Once again International Women’s Day celebrations took place in blustery conditions on promenades in North Wales & the Wirral. SI Llandudno posted superb photos of their dual event which celebrated 100 years since the first women got the vote. Clubs joined together on Parkgate promenade but, perhaps due to the weather, more signatures for Purple Teardrop were collected in the coffee shop and after the event than during it!
Soroptimist Projects Meru Gardens and Women, Water and Leadership have been supported by funds raised at four events.
SI Rhyl have given a great deal of financial support over 2 years to St John Paul Mugwanya School in Masaka, Uganda for the building of girls’ dormitories. Girls are vulnerable to attack if they have to walk a long way to school and are able to spend more time studying.
Several clubs have now reported on the UKPAC Awareness survey and our region was congratulated by Kay Richmond, the chair of UKPAC. SI Heswall’s Glenys hunt, who is vice chair of the UKPAC gave an excellent hour-long interview on local radio in which MDS and Soroptimism were highlighted. Anne MacDonald of SI Chester reports to the Cheshire anti-slavery network.
Clubs continued to employ a variety of ways to raise money and give assistance to local charities including hospices, The Samaritans RASA, Autism together, Clatterbridge Cancer Research, homeless shelters, brain tumours, food banks etc.
Local Women’s Aid in Rhyl received generous donation from SI Rhyl and SI Chester provided emergence cash for new residents.
SI Northwich’s ‘Big Stink’ event, on World Health day, was an enterprising way to give information about the development of sanitation from Roman times to the present Day. They also raised awareness of Toilet twinning and United Utilities provided leaflets explaining what CANNOT be put down the toilet.
Special datesyour club may be interestedin 2018
May is membership month-the official SIGBI time although our region has agreed that September is more practical for many clubs.
16 May the LIME committee are holding a Vintage Tea party at Eaton Hall to raise money for the sponsorship of a girls’ choir and Women Water and Leadership. Tickets from Jenny Wilson or Susan Jones
5 June World Environment Day
7 July UKPAC STUDY DAY- Awareness, Advocacy, Action for Justice at the Europa, Hotel Belfast
further details at https://sigbi.org/ukpac/studyday/
30 July UN World Day against trafficking of persons
8 Sep International Literacy day
21 Sep International Day of Peace
Glenys Hunt & Jill Andrew
Region Programme Action Officers