Our Programme Action Work
Programme Action is the name Soroptimists give to our service and project work. This is the reason most members have joined the organisation as it is involved in everything we do. Projects can be Local, Regional, National or indeed International.
On Monday the 20th February we had an excellent talk given by Jan Overton of “Get Ahead Hats”. We learned about Jan’s fighht against Breast Cancer, her motivation to set up her business and her association with Breat Cancer Care a national charity that provides support to women -especially those that need advice and guidance during and after their treatment.
Our Charity Auction which will take place on Friday 30th March will raise funds for a range of Breast Cancer Charities and Cancer Support groups in the Great Yarmouth Area and Jan will be working hard to help us raise funds for her chosen charity Breast Cancer Care.
If you can help us with this fund raising event do get in touch – we would love to hear form you.
We have an ongoing project to supply woolly hats to Ward 1 of the James Paget Hospital.
Throughout the world Soroptimist focus on working to improve the lives of woman and girls.
In Great Yarmouth we have been involved in various ways with the two local Refuges for women who have been victims of abuse. Our work involves supplying clothing and food and the other items that women need for themselves and their children, because some come to the refuge with nothing! We make sure that when a woman arrives at the Refuge she is given essential toiletries. The Club members have great fun getting together to provide these – they also make an attractive bag in which they can be kept.
Members have have enjoyed a wonderful summer, munching strawberries, canapés and fish and chips in support of local and international charities. Anne Davis organised her annual Fish and chip Supper in aid of Soroptimist International’s four year campaign “Project Sierra” in partnership with the charity “Hope and Homes for Children.” Sierra Leone is the second poorest country in the World.
Members were entertained with stories of brigands, murders and rogues, all from Great Yarmouth, at a summer’s evening event at the Nelson Museum. Past President Yvonne Ward made 500 canapés – and had the blisters to prove it -which were served with wine. Proceeds went to the Saturday Superstars Group which is run by Great Yarmouth Soroptimist Barbara Oldham who is a nursing sister and a local school teacher. They look after children with disabilities on Saturdays to give their parents a much needed “day off” knowing their youngsters are well cared for and enjoying themselves.
The Club’s hardiest members flew the Soroptimist flag at the Hemsby Viking Festival to sell books and mystery parcels but their weather was so bad they had to abandon ship and pitch up at another event to make the sales.