Club members welcomed Liz Lyle , SI Yorkshire President, to our Strawberry Tea hosted by member Christabel England. The event raised £436 for the children of Seyama Primary School in Malawi, to enable them to have uniforms, shoes, school bags, books and pencils. (L to R Christabel England, Liz Lyle and Club President Pat Shore) Everyone enjoyed a magnificent spread of food in true English traditional style. A glass of Pimms did not allow the odd shower of rain to dampen the spirits. A book sale, the upcycling of scarves and a raffle all contributed to the fun. The funds raised will help our Friendship Link members of Soroptimist International (SI) Club of Blantyre in their work to support girls to stay in school by providing them with uniforms and learning materials. Children from Seyama Primary School, Malawi with members of Soroptimist International Club of
The Club is delighted that we have been selected to create a little bit of Meru in Yorkshire to raise awareness about the Meru Womens Garden Project. We are busy planning and growing vegetable for the garden and gaining a real insight into the Meru Project. You can find out in the Community Spirit Gardens – please come and visit us. Please visit the main Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland for more details about the 3 year Project Follow us on Twitter @sigbi80 as we create our garden from 1st September Find out more about the Meru Women’s Garden Project at meruwomen.org Donate to the Meru Women’s Garden Project Click here for the poster Meru Garden Project
A very busy day yielded fantastic results withjust over £650 to share between the Harrogate Women’s Refuge and our ongoing project with Soroptimist International of Pretoria Tshwane. Harrogate Women’s Refuge Project – Club Members are actively involved in giving service and fund raising to improve the environent for the women and their families who are having to seek refuge from domestic abuse. The Club has already improved the art room, replace curtains and is currently aiming to raise sufficient money to make the childrens outside play area safe again.
President Sue Williams was delighted to attend the award ceremony for the Wetherby Shop Window Competition held on the 17th December in Wetherby Town Hall. Sue presented the Winner’s Certificate to the volunteers from the Cheshire Homes Charity Shop. The Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District Charity Shop Window competition took place on the 26th November using Innovation, Impact and the Spirit of Christmas as the judging criteria. Cheshire Homes is the Wetherby zone winner. Oxfam Wetherby is highly commended. . President Sue presents Winner’s certificate to volunteers from Cheshire Homes Charity shop
Charity Shop Windows throughout Harrogate and District sparkled with Christmas Spirit in the Club’s annual Charity Shop Window Competition. This year the Club widened its horizons to include Charity shops in Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Ripon, Starbeck and Wetherby as well as Harrogate. The Club initiated the Harrogate Shop window competition in 2004 as part of their Light up Harrogate campaign. Over 40 shops were visited on the 26th November. The area was divided into 4 zones. Harrogate, Knaresborough with Starbeck, Ripon with Boroughbridge and Wetherby. Each zone has a Winner and a Highly commended. An overall winner is presented with the Soroptimist Shop Window Competition Cup. We are delighted to announce the winners and highly commended are: Harrogate; Winner, Save the Children, Highly Commended, Scope Knaresborough with Starbeck; Winner, Age UK, Knaresborough, Highly Commended, St Michaels, Starbeck Ripon with Boroughbridge; Winner, OXFAM, Boroughbridge, Highly Commended, YMCA,
Club members had a very busy time on the 18th July when we held a Coffee Morning and Light Lunch and Bric-a-Brac stall event at the Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street in Harrogate. The money is for the Club’s Charity Fund so we can continue to make a difference to the lives of women and children, globally and locally. Some of the charities and causes we have or continue to support from this Fund include: Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, British Legion Poppy Appeal (we lay wreaths on the main memorials throughout the district on Remembrance Sunday), Carers Resource, Citizens Advice Bureau, Harrogate at Christmas, Harrogate Homeless Hostel, Martin House Hospice, St Michael’s Hospice, Women’s Refuge and Yorkshire Cancer Research We also have specific fund raising events for specific charities and organisations such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, Our Angels, See Solar,