Royal Cheshire Show – June 2018
Each year Our Region organises a Soroptimist stand at the prestigious Royal Cheshire Show and members from around the Region help to run the event.
We talked to many visitors about Soroptimist International and collected a number of details from women interested in joining our Organisation which will be shared with Region Clubs.
The theme for this year was Purple Teardrop Modern Day Slavery Campaign, and we collected at least 8 pages of signatures for the Purple Teardrop “Ban Sex for Sale” petition.
We erected a beautiful Purple Teardrop Tree – “Stop the Traffic Stop the Tears” – and we encouraged members of the public to write a message on the teardrops and pin them to the tree.
Some examples of the teardrop messages:
- STOP! Stop selling girls, This has to end
- This HAS to stop, it is immoral and degrading
- We need to do more to STOP this awful Trade – It MUST END
- STOP the suffering – It needs to END – NO MORE
Soroptimist presence at the show is, and always has been, to raise awareness of our great Organisation, to increase membership of Soroptimist International, and also to highlight some of the Campaigns we have taken up such as Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, Toilet Twinning and Modern Day Slavery.
Region Cheshire Show Committee Chair Jacquie Weatherill says “Very many thanks to all Region members for your hard work in getting the stand ready, and for coming along throughout the 2 days of the show – Our stand looked professional and was greatly admired by many visitors to the Show, raising awareness of #Soroptimists and gaining new members”