Walking 100km for Endo along the Northern Saints Trails of Life and Love Following the success of fundraising for Bright Red last year using the Just Giving page, SID decided to repeat the use of Just Giving and fundraise for Endometriosis UK by walking 100km, which also supported the Centenary focus. Joint Presidents Sue Percival and Geraldine Hudson chose to walk two of the Northern Saints Trails, The Way of Life (Gainford to Durham) and The Way of Love (Durham to Hartlepool) which together amounted to 100km. Each of the trails is divided into 4 sections, so 8 in total. Sue and Geraldine completed over 100km over 4 weeks and were joined by Vyvyenne Mack and Janet Hattle on some of the trails and Alison Lacey helped with some chauffeuring to some of the starts. Saturday 13th November – What a lovely day for the first leg
Members from S.I.Durham and S.I.Newcastle upon Tyne joined together with members of Streetwise on Wednesday 24th November to mark the beginning of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. As the evening light faded, they walked together across the Millennium Bridge that spans the Tyne while attired in orange hats, scarves, orange masks, hi-vis jackets, glow bracelets and hand waving flags. As it grew darker, the bridge turned a magnificent orange in front of a back drop of an orange sunset. It was good to be able to stand together to protect against violence targeted at women and girls. The event was covered by local press.
On the 12th of September Joint Presidents of SI Durham, Sue Percival and Geraldine Hudson held a Garden Party at Sue’s home. Although the day was rather cold there was a very warm welcome and enough chairs and tables for everyone to be accommodated in Sue’s lovely garden. Food had been supplied by members to go with the warming cups of tea or coffee. Both Immediate Regional Past President Joyce and Regional President Christine attended and it was also lovely to see some of Sue’s neighbours enjoying the afternoon too! Apart from the food there was a tombola, book stall, plant stall and part of the 100metres of silver coins collection. The afternoon was finished off with a piece of cake, cut by R.P. Christine and marking 100 years of Soroptimism. The total made was in excess of £400. This will go with other monies
In September 2017 S.I.Durham members responded to a request by the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement giving our views on what citizenship and being an active citizen meant to us. This included our views on British Society and how it is changing in the 21st century, what it means to be British and how we can promote equal opportunities and cultural diversity within the projects which we take part in. It also outlines our thoughts on citizenship in education, the ways in which society can support civic engagement and the values which we share as British citizens. Our discussions enabled Vyvyenne Mack, one of our members to write up a very detailed report and submit it to the committee. We are delighted to hear that it has been published. If you would like to read the full report please go to: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/citizenship-and-civic-engagement-committee/citizenship-and-civic-engagement/written/69581.html
We are delighted that our current projects – SID the alpaca and the Joint Challenge Badge with South Durham Guiding won the ‘Reach for the Skies’ Programme Action Action Award for the Northern Region at the Regional Meeting on September 16th 2017. Please see our Programme Action page for full details of the projects.