International Women’s Day Dinner 8th March 2017 Press release
PRESS RELEASE – Soroptimist International Guernsey
International Women’s Day Dinner
On 8th March International Women’s Day the local branch of Soroptimist International welcomed guests to their Annual Dinner to celebrate. The evening was sponsored by Carey Olsen along with the Respect Competition.
In attendance as their Patron was Lady Corder accompanied by His Excellency Sir Ian Corder. Lady Corder as our Patron along with Elaine Gray from Carey Olsen presented prizes to the winners of the Respect Campaign which was a key focus for the club this year. Students from across the island took part with over 100 entries received. The Winner was Jen Butler age 16 from Alderney with runners up Emma Crittell age 12 from Le Beaucamps High School and Eloise Knight age 17 from the College of Further Education.
Former politician, Edwina Currie, had been due to be the guest speaker, but due to fog, was unable to attend. This did not stop Edwina providing a speech which was delivered impeccably by Jane St Pier Chair of the Youth Commission.
The event was attended by 170 guests both men and women and was opened by Shirley Marsh as the clubs Vice Chair.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. With 352 Clubs across 29 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.
The club President for Guernsey Karen Jagger said “we are all very proud of the hard work that we have achieved this year and the IWD is the icing on the cake. Even though we did not have our guest speaker the evening was a great success and the club cannot thank Jane St Pier for stepping in at the last minute. We are very grateful to Carey Olsen for the support this year. The raffle on the evening raised over £1,500 and will be shared equally between the Pink Ladies in Guernsey and the Meru Garden Project in Kenya”