Crosby’s Soroptimists supported the United Nations’ campaign ‘Orange the World‘. This eye-catching campaign drew worldwide attention to violence against women through 16 days of activism.
Crosby’s Soroptimists have been to Italy – virtually. They marked the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by joining up with Soroptimists in Jesi at a special event. Women representing community, political and cultural life in Jesi were due to speak at the meeting. Crosby’s President Chris Chua-Short gave a short presentation on the club, focussing on links with Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid. She thanked her Italian counterpart, President Catia Mastantuono, for the invitation. The UN slogan ‘Orange the World’ draws attention to the campaign. Members therefore featured ‘something orange’. SI Crosby forged a friendship link with SI Jesi when the Italian club was founded, two years ago. Cynthia Ashworth, who co-ordinates Crosby’s contacts with its link clubs, organised the ‘trip to Italy’. “We were delighted to join our Italian sisters to mark this special UN Day,” she
President Chris Chua-Short laid a poppy wreath on behalf of all members of Soroptimist International, Crosby. This year members decided to lay their wreath at the war memorial in Alexandra Park. Crosby’s Soroptimists refurbished the memorial in 2014, in partnership with the local Rotary International club. This was a joint project to commemorate both clubs’ 75 years of service. The Soroptimists’ card read: “We shall never forget all your sacrifices – past and present.” The usual Remembrance Sunday services were not held because of Covid-19 restrictions. Local organisations therefore visited and laid wreaths in their own time, observing social distancing. President Elect Chris Smith joined the club’s president at the memorial.
Well Ladies, as you probably know, I recently came up with the crazy fundraising idea of cycling from Crosby to Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The idea came about because my son and his wife and son live there and I thought that it would be a great idea if we used the towpath of the Leeds / Liverpool and Rochdale Canals as a route to go and visit them. This was, of course, before COVID struck so the original plan of staying up there for the weekend had to be rewritten to a quick turn around and home again. Nevertheless, we set off on Wednesday 7th to make the 80 miles trip over the next 3 days: our expected ETA being Friday 9th at 4pm when my son and his family would meet us on the bridge at Hebden. I am very pleased to be
President Elect, Chris Smith and her husband Chris are cycling 80 miles along the towpath of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, starting out in Crosby and finishing in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The pair will be starting out on Wednesday 7th October and hope to complete the cycle in three days. The route takes in the following places – Crosby, Maghull, Lydiate, Haskayne, Burscough, Parbold, Wigan Pier, Leigh, Trafford Park, Stretford, Old Trafford, Deansgate Manchester City Centre, Chadderton, Rochdale, Oldham, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. All funds raised will go to Sefton Carers who do incredible work in the area supporting young carers and their families at what is a very difficult time in their lives. The link for any donations is :- www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/cycletohebden