This is simply action taken by us to contribute or in some cases fulfil Soroptimist programme aims.
Promoting international goodwill and understanding,
Human rights and the status of women,
Economics and social development,
We aim to contribute in a meaningful way to a worthwhile project and have fun and friendship doing it.
Over the past few years we have provided, together with other clubs in our Federation, which we call SIGBI (Soroptimist International of G Britain and Ireland), female toilets for schools in Africa, (girls will not attend school unless there are dedicated loos for them)
We sent financial aid to Pakistan to help victims of the floods.
You may remember ‘Bras in the Bay’? In this case we teamed up with Oxfam to provide bras which could be used for ladies in Africa to set up a small businesses (selling bras) helping them to provide an income for themselves and their families.
Following the earthquake in Haiti, we heard that one of the doctors from Withybush Hospital was going out to help the survivors, so we made funding available to her so that she could buy vital obstetric medical supplies to take out with her. SIGBI also sent aid to Haiti, but in this case our club wanted to make our own contribution.
We have had ‘Coffee Mornings’ and ‘At Homes’ , run ‘Treasure Hunts’, either driving or walking, we may even just stand in the Riverside Shopping Centre with posters and shake collection buckets, when we successfully raised money for the prevention of Lassa fever in Sierra Leone
An Xmas Fayre stall raised money for the Lynda Norgrove appeal.
An extremely well attended fashion show raised money for several local charities including Paul Sartori. While the charity lunch over the past couple of years has supported Barnardos, Homes for Heroes, Child Carers and The Parkinson Society.
A recent charity lunch contributed to a 3 year Project ‘Build a Kitchen for Mary’s Meals’ Mary’s Meals has many ways in which one can support the children in poor areas of the world