President’s Message

Welcome to Soroptimist International Durham


Hello and welcome to SI Durham’s website.

I am Vyvyenne Mack, President of SI Durham 2019-2020
It’s my hope that this year will be one of fun and friendship as this will help us to be most effective in working together for Programme Action, Organisational Development, Fundraising and Membership. Whilst we need to be serious about acting as a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action we need to have friendship at the heart of working together to achieve our goals.
The chosen charities for this year are St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Park House Road, Durham DH1 3QF, telephone 0191 3861170 and If U Care Share Foundation – telephone 0191 3875661.
St Cuthbert’s Hospice has been part of the community in Durham since September 1988. Its mission is to make every day count for those affected by life limiting illness. Each person is treated as an individual who is a unique person deserving respect and dignity. Club members volunteer in the Hospice Coffee Shop and we have our business meetings in the Hospice’s education suite on the third Monday of the month. We hope to find new ways to support the Hospice financially and through service. We have begun fundraising as at the annual dinner to mark the club’s 72nd year of service our speaker Ron Tempest declined a fee and asked that we donate this to our chosen charity – St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
The If U Care Share Foundation is a local charity and was set up by Shirley Smith following the suicide of her son Daniel a 19-year-old with no previous mental health problems, or any outward signs that he intended to commit suicide. Shirley says, “Our aim is to prevent anyone feeling the pain we felt as a family when we lost Daniel. We truly believe that talking can save lives.” Our contact with this charity is very recent and we’ll be hearing from Dominic McCullough how we can best help the charity. As a start I’ve signed up to take part and fundraise in the 5k Durham Fun Run on 25th July 2019. Anyone who knows me will realise this is a huge challenge as I’ve never been a runner – “Watch this space”!!
On setting out the plans for this year at the club’s AGM I used a quote from Albert Camus and hope that it speaks to you. “Don’t walk in front of me – I may not follow, don’t walk behind me – I may not lead; walk beside me and just be my friend.”

Vyvyenne Mack.