Since 2012 the members of SI Glasgow City have been supporting Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow (TWG), which is a multi-agency service for women after their release from prison on completion of their custodial sentence. Each month two members deliver basic toiletries, sanitary products and foods for emergency packs as shown in the images. The members have raised funds to purchase two electric sewing machines for the art and craft sessions. More recently funds were used to purchase cooking utensils and pots for the cookery lessons. A walking club has now been organised and the club bought water bottles for the women.
In early May, our club organised an evening of Friendship, Mindfulness and Meditation to help members begin their work to ‘Think On It’. We were joined by our friends from SI Paisley and SI Hamilton. Ms Clare Bennet, a Transformational Life Coach helped us to learn how mindfulness can help us to cope with life’s stressors leading to us being better able to support others who need us. Following a break for refreshments we began to experience some meditation which is a useful tool to keep us ‘grounded’ and promote good mental health. Comments about the evening were very favourable and members felt that they would continue to use these strategies on their own.
At a recent Club meeting, President Myrtle presented a cheque for £2,150 to Graham, a volunteer, from the charity Mary’s Meals. The money was raised at the Club’s fund-raising Matinee Cabaret held in Glasgow’s Merchants’ House last November. Accepting the cheque on behalf of Mary’s Meals, Graham thanked members for their generous gift and pointed out that the Club’s donation would provide a daily meal for 154 school children, in some of the world’s poorest countries, for an entire school year.
President Myrtle and joint Programme Action Convenor, Moira, manned a stand in Hillhead Library on Saturday 8th December to publicise Humanity and Inclusion’s “Stop Bombing Civilians” campaign. Patrick Brady, MP for Glasgow North, visited the stand and is pictured with Moira and Myrtle who are both wearing orange in support of the UN’s 16 days of activism for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Myrtle and Moira felt that their time in the library had been well spent as they were able to raise awareness of both issues, secure a considerable number of signatures for the “Stop Bombing Civilians” petition and they also took the opportunity to hand out club leaflets to several ladies.
In its long history, Glasgow’s Merchants’ House may have hosted many a tea party but Saturday’s Soroptimist Matinee Cabaret Fundraiser for Mary’s Meals must surely be unique. More than one hundred guests were welcomed to the event by President of SI Glasgow City, Myrtle Peterkin. Elegant and eloquent as ever, she outlined Soroptimist principles and reminded the gathering that the event was in aid of Mary’s Meals for their continued services in providing a daily meal, in schools, to 1.3 million children in 17 of the world’s poorest countries. The entertainment was given by husband and wife team Gordon Cree and Cheryl Forbes, both outstanding soloists, whose powerful voices filled The Grand Hall with favourite melodies from musical shows, traditional refrains and comic songs performed with evident enjoyment to the delight of the audience. While our talented duo took a break, guests enjoyed a chat
In October to support the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty Club members donated food items to a foodbank in Northwest Glasgow. The total weight of the donations was 42kgs, which would provide 46 meals. At the Club meeting, members discussed some questions related to poverty internationally, nationally and within Glasgow. The members were shocked to hear that in 2017 it was estimated that one in three children in Glasgow were living in poverty.
On Sunday 10th June, members of SI Glasgow City took part in an organised walk in the West End of Glasgow to raise awareness of World Environment Day 2018. They were joined on the walk by family, friends, members of the SI Paisley Club and Glasgow members Sheena and Annie’s dogs! The mile long walk mapped out by Moira Ord, one of our Club’s Programme Action Convenors, wound its way through leafy Kelvingrove Park, along Kelvin Way, University Avenue, Byres Road and ended at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. As they walked, participants collected litter, filling several large bin bags in the process. Walkers wore the Suffragette colours, white, green and violet, in support of the marches in the UK’s 4 Capital Cities, commemorating the centenary of the granting of the vote to some women, which were also taking place on that Sunday and
SI Glasgow City Club members were uniquely placed to respond to an urgent request from the Neonatal Unit of a local Maternity Hospital for woolen caps for premature babies following the loss of most of its woolen garments in a flood in its laundry room. Club members regularly supply another Neonatal Unit with these tiny woolen caps, so when President Myrtle alerted members to the Urgent Appeal, they could help immediately. Within 36 hours, Club member Christine visited the Neonatal Unit and presented them with a gift of 35 woolen caps from the Club. The present was gratefully received and a letter of thanks has since been received by Secretary Liz. The picture shows the caps before they were despatched to the Neonatal Unit.
At a recent SI Glasgow City meeting, two recipients of awards from the Soroptimist International Scotland South 3S Fund outlined their experiences in Malawi in 2017. Carol travelled to Malawi with 7 other volunteers to prepare a building for use as a school for over 200 children. The group also helped distribute backpacks to school children, which had been donated by people across Scotland. Carol used the 3S Fund donation to purchase educational toys used by all ages for the children. Kirsty travelled to Malawi with the charity Project Trust, which specialises in placing school leavers in projects around the world, and she taught in two nursery schools for 8 months from September 2016 to April 2017. Teaching children aged 2 to 5 years was a challenge when Kirsty could not speak the local language, but she did manage to share basic numerical and literacy