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Tree planting bid to improve environment

Tree planting bid to improve environment

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Local Soroptimists are getting behind the worldwide organisation’s Centenary Tree Project.   Members of SI Crieff have joined forces with Crieff Community Trust to plant trees in the Strath. SI Crieff’s programme action officer Janice Wilson, explained: “Saving trees was the first action by the newly-formed group of Soroptimists in 1921, and for our centenary year Soroptimists around the world are planting trees for a ‘Brilliant Future’. “The United Nations’ development goal 15 seeks to ‘Protect, Restore and Promote’ sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable managed forests , combat diversification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. “Trees play an incredible role in combating climate chaos by removing plant-wrecking emissions from the air around us.  Despite this, just 13% of the UK’s total land area has tree cover – 19% in Scotland – compared to an EU average of 35%.” Janice continued:

Santa saves the Day
Helping Handbags

Helping Handbags

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Santa Saves the Day SI Crieff members collected and filled around 25 (sizeable) handbags with Christmas goodies for refugees who have virtually nothing, in Glasgow. The project was called 'Helping Handbags' which felt particularly appropriate at this time of year. The plan was for some members to drive to Glasgow to hand these over to The Maryhill Integration Network for the refugee families but present restrictions due to Covid19 prevented this from happening. However, Wild Hearth Bakery of Comrie saved the day by offering to transport/deliver the Christmas goodies on our behalf via their (permitted!) business delivery trip to Glasgow on Monday 21 December. Sourdough John of Wild Hearth Bakery also donated some bread and pastries to the refugees. Pictured below is Hamish Thomson from Wild Hearth Bakery who very kindly helped to load the van and drop off the Christmas goodies to the refugees
Virtual Christmas Party 2020
Virtual Christmas Party 2020

Virtual Christmas Party 2020

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2020 will always be know as the year the world changed.  Like most organisations SI Crieff members were unable to hold any face-to-face meetings due to the Covid19 pandemic, and instead had to rely on technology to continue with club meetings. It was a steep learning curve for all, and although not perfect most members were able to join club meetings via Zoom. Undaunted, the annual Christmas Party went ahead virtually this year, with a lot of fun and laughter.

Strathearn Herald – Important causes get spell in the spotlight

Strathearn Herald – Important causes get spell in the spotlight

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A recent edition of the Strathearn Herald highlighted the use of the White Church in Comrie to highlight important causes by illumination. November saw the Church illuminated in purple to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer, and in December the lights will be changed to orange in support of a campaign to improve laws to end gender based violence. Len Schofield of SI Crieff explained: "25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and is followed by the 16 Days of Action until 10th December which is Human Rights Day.  The 2020 global theme is Orange the World and for this reason members of SI Crieff have arranged for The White Church in Comrie to be 'oranged' for the first week of December. "During the 16 Days of Action, the aim is to raise awareness about gender based violence, challenge discriminatory
SI Crieff Orange the World Virtual Club Meeting
UN 16 Days of Action to Stop Gender Based Violence

UN 16 Days of Action to Stop Gender Based Violence

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SI Comrie have been busy supporting the UN 16 Days of Action to Stop Gender Based Violence.  #Orangetheworld At their last virtual zoom meeting members wore orange to show their support for the campaign.  The White Church in Comrie has changed colour to orange and local Comrie designer and artist Louise McLaren has also 'oranged' her premises. As well as this, the SI Crieff had an article published in the Strathearn Herald to raise awareness.  
Crafty Members Help Dementia Patients

Crafty Members Help Dementia Patients

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A senior charge nurse for ward 2 Crieff Hospital recently asked SI Crieff members for help. "We currently have patients who have dementia and we have historically used knitted fiddle muffs to help the patient have something to touch and feel when they feel anxious. These knitted items have items attached to them such as buttons and ribbons for the patient to touch. We would welcome whether there is any volunteer ladies who could knit a few of these for the ward patients. We thought maybe around 6 would last us at least 6-12 months." Club members were happy to help and you can see the result in the photograph below.
Blytheswood Care Shoe Box Appeal 2020
Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is Coming…

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As of today, there are only 65 days left until Christmas 2020. The club members at SI Crieff  have already started preparing and have recently donated Christmas Boxes for the Blytheswood Care shoe box appeal 2020.  SI Crieff has been supporting this project for a number of years. The shoe boxes are filled with items to bring some Christmas cheer to adults and children in Eastern Europe who face difficulties every day, through poverty, illness, disability, or other disadvantages.  Receiving a shoe box brings some joy to children and adults in these very difficult times.
UN 75 Anniversary Shaping Peace Together
United Nations International Day of PEACE

United Nations International Day of PEACE

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Members of SI Crieff invited Strath residents to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace by “spreading compassion, kindness and hope” in the face of the Covid19 pandemic. The day is celebrated across the globe every year on 21 September and Soroptimists has been hoping to use the day to promote peace and raise awareness of climate change. Janice Wilson, programme action officer for SI Crieff explained: “The theme for 2020 is ‘Shaping Peace Together’.  Soroptimists worldwide believe that everyone must combat climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.  We are not each other’s enemies as we found out this year – our common enemy is the virus that threatens our health, our security and our very way of life. Members of SI Crieff had hoped to hand out roses in Crieff on the International Day of Peace this

Great Recycling Achievement
Great Recycling Achievement

Great Recycling Achievement

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As part of SI Crieff's Programme Action for 2020/21, the club members have been collecting plastic bottle tops to be recycled by Lush https://uk.lush.com/article/what-do-plastic-bottle-tops Here we have two of our members Margaret McPhater and Katie Lang delivering plastic bottle tops to Lush for recycling.  Lush send the clean bottle tops to their Green Hub in Poole where they’re broken down into pellets ready to be sent to Storm Board - a company in Somerset that builds boards from the plastic pellets. Bottle Boards can then be made into waterproof furniture – from wall claddings to chairs and benches. They've been used to make a play area at a refugee camp in France. https://sigbi.org/ukpac/