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.
Our main project this year has been to work with our Soroptimist Club in Mombasa and Ahadi a Kenyan Charity. We have raised funds to help eradicate a parasite which burrow into the feet of hands of children and adults alike. More information and pictures to follow.
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 were entertained during the year with stories of women in local workhouses and the poverty and oppression they suffered. One of the charities we have supported is Saturday Superstars run by a past member of our club. 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 have in the past flown the Soroptimist flag at the Hemsby Viking Festival selling books and mystery parcels. The weather was so bad they had to abandon ship and pitch up at another event to make the sales.