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
SI Durham in partnership with Guides and Brownies, are making waterproof and thermal blankets for the homeless out of clean crisp packets which are covered with large sheets of plastic, donated by clothing shops. This not only provides warm blankets but is also a good example of REUSE, RECYCLE and REDUCE, as less plastic is sent to landfill.
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