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Quiz Night Success

Quiz Night Success

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Club members held an extremely successful Quiz Night on Friday, 29th September, raising over £600 which will be divided between two of the projects that we support, Chester Women’s Aid and Classrooms in the Clouds. We are grateful to the Westminster Park Community Association, who allowed us free use of their hall, which was packed to capacity on the night.  We invited teams from other Women’s organisations, such as WI and Women’s Register, as well as from the two organisations that we were supporting. In addition some members of the local Rotary Club attended, as well as our own members and their friends. During a short break for ‘a bring your own supper’ we were able to say a few words about our work and also to give out links to a forthcoming survey of the public’s knowledge of human trafficking and modern day slavery.

A Freedom Service

A Freedom Service

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On Sunday, 17th September, 2017, members of SI Chester attended a Freedom Service in Chester Cathedral.  The Service was held to remember those caught up in the tragedy of Human Trafficking.  We, along with a representative from the Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network, had an opportunity to speak about an aspect of our involvement and chose to talk about the Purple Teardrop Campaign. Following the Service we collected signatures for the Campaign and also gave out links to the forthcoming Survey to assess public awareness of Human Trafficking (a joint initiative between the Soroptimist UK Programme Action Committee and the UK Modern Day Slavery Training Delivery Group).

Classrooms in the Clouds

Classrooms in the Clouds

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Chester members are delighted that local charity, Classrooms in the Clouds, (CITC), has been successful in being granted funds from the Soroptimist International President’s Appeal – Educate to Lead: Nepal. One of our local schools, The Bishops’ Blue Coat School, has expressed an interest in supporting the project and we recently facilitated a visit to the school for Trustee, Sarah Hagen, and Dawa Gelgen Sherpa, the Nepalese Trustee and inspiration for CITC. The visitors were hosted by Head of Science, Dr Lynne Hooper, along with our Club President, Susan Haywood, who teaches at the school.  Lynne is now looking at ways in which the pupils in her department can collaborate with schools in Nepal.

Our Stand in the Marketplace
WOW Festival visits Chester

WOW Festival visits Chester

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  On the weekend of 20th/21st May the amazing WOW (Women of the World) Festival took place in the new Storyhouse Arts Complex in Chester. Members of SI Chester had a stand in the Marketplace and were able to talk to the public about our many projects, as well as to sell jewellery in support of the Purple Community Fund (formerly known as the Philippines Community Fund).      

Writing Competition Prize Winner

Writing Competition Prize Winner

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Regional President, Denny Owen, challenged club members to write a poem or some prose on the subject of Domestic Violence.  The winners were announced at the President’s Day held on 8th April and we are pleased to publish this moving poem by Jane Pickering, which was awarded 3rd Prize.                                                           Footsteps A girl alone waits for the sound of footsteps Climbing stairs up to her home. The sound is a foretelling and everyone knows to listen.   Quick and light Light steps are lovely Quick steps are friendly and fun, a good night beckons and lingers. Stories, laughter, music, a basket full of fruits A horse has won, there’s money. This evening is free from regret, from the demon disappointment. From revenge

International Women’s Day 2017 # Be Bold for Change

International Women’s Day 2017 # Be Bold for Change

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This year members of SI Chester have celebrated International Women’s Day at a number of events in the City. On Saturday, 4th March, we had an information stand at an event in the Town Hall organised by Chester Women’s Aid. On the 7th Anne and Carole gave a presentation at the Diversity Festival held at Chester University – a wonderful way to share our work with a larger audience. And, on Sunday, 12th March, we will be speaking about the Soroptimist Purple Teardrop Campaign at a workshop being held in the Cathedral – this event is free and open to the public and runs from 6.30 until 8pm.

Our Second Anniversary

Our Second Anniversary

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On the 18th February SI Chester celebrated their second anniversary with a fund raising luncheon at the Mercure Hotel.  The Guest Speaker was Patricia Gatherum, SIGBI Liaison Officer for the Meru Women’s Garden Project, who gave an interesting update on this Federation Project. The ticket price included a donation to the Project and additional funds were raised from a Raffle and Photographic Competition  ‘A Passion for Plants’, which was won by one of our own members, Llyn Parkin.  

Orange the World Campaign

Orange the World Campaign

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At their November meeting members wore orange to unite with other members throughout the Region and to mark the Orange the World Campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls. The 25th of November is the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls and marks the start of the designated 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

Anti – Slavery Day

Anti – Slavery Day

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On Saturday, 15th October, Chester members met up at Cheshire Oaks with members from clubs in the Wirral to raise awareness of Anti-Slavery Day (October 18th).  Some members had their mouths taped to demonstrate the plight of many trafficked women who do not have a voice.  Others explained our purpose to the shoppers and collected signatures for the Purple Teardrop Campaign.