Programme Action & Club News 2017/19
2017/18 Was a difficult year for the Club as we have had more than our fair share of illness and loss amongst our members. However despite it all, the core membership of the Club has continued to work for the advancement of women and girls and to support each other during times of trial (and have some fun times too) . Amongst our fund raising activities we have held a garage sale at Anna Maria’s home and a successful coffee morning in Llangollen. several of our members are excellent sales women (the words “snow” and “eskimos” spring to mind here)
In July we staffed a tent providing information about Soroptimism at the Llangollen Eisteddfod, where our Past President Shiela met some very interesting people.
Our summer outing was rather different, we had lunch an a narrow boat on the Llangollen canal
The funds we have raised this year will be distributed at the end of our Soroptimist year. We are already supporting the Meru Garden Project and Spreading Health, a charity which supports the training of nurses in less developed countries and ensures that they work in country for a specified period, rather than emigrating to Europe or America.
Our community service has included visiting care homes and running bingo sessions for the residents. and providing rucksacks for Mary’s Meals, a charity which aims to ensure that under-privileged children are properly fed and equipped for school. We spent a happy evening packing the rucksacks with the equipment we had collected
Sadly, two of our planned major events fell victim to the weather in November and December, the Christmas Fayre and the evening with Miss Christine Evans which was to mark Human Rights Day. These were rescheduled .
The evening with Miss Evans finally took place in the Spring of 2018, when an audience of around 50 people were entertained and informed about her work as a surgeon in Iraq. This gave us a new insight into the conditions in that country
Here is Miss Evans (third from right) with some of our members
2018 has seen us as busy as ever in the 65th year since the foundation of the Club. We have continued our support for Mary’s Meals and supported the training of a nurse in Cameroon through “Spreading Health” We have presented the local First Responders with a new and lighter kit bag, which will enable a further member of the team to have their own set of equipment and therefore be able to respond even more rapidly. On the practical side we have made mastectomy cushions for use by women who have undergone breast surgery and donated these to the breast care specialist nurses at our local acute hospital
We supported two new projects in 2019, one overseas (Sponsor a Gambian Teacher) and one at home , The DORIS bus, used by the mental health charity MIND to reach remote areas of our own community. Cheques were presented to both see charities in early 2019.
Fund raising has continued throughout the year, for example In July 2019 our annual coffee morning in the holiday town of Llangollen.
Our service projects include continued support for Mary’s meals, both with funds and by packing backpacks for children, and supporting work to end period poverty