Education Bursary Fund
As a legacy from our Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012, we set up an Education Bursary Fund. Our focus is raising the status of local women offering assist those who have been through traumatic experiences and, with the help of the three local charities we support, are now ready to build a new life for themselves.
We provide small grants to help with fees for courses or equipment they need. We are thrilled that the first two women we sponsored came to one of our meetings and talked about how it had helped to turn their lives around as it gave them the chance to gain essential qualifications. Bot are now working in jobs they love.
We have had three successful fund raising events in the last 2 years to boost the Education Bursary Fund. The first was a Fashion Show in March 2014 with the assistance of Bijou Boutique and Chapters Restaurant, both in Tower Street, Ipswich. The clothes were superb and were modelled by one of our Soroptimists and people volunteers from both Bijou and Chapters.
A Quiz in June, held in collaboration with Shelleys Restaurant, Suffolk New College, who provided the venue, had to compete with the England vs Uruguay World Cup match but we were delighted to have nearly 50 participants at this Quiz with a Twist – a meal The Students prepared excellent food and looked after those participating. Our Quizmaster was Rob Dunger, Radio Suffolk, who kept us in order but made it a fun event.
And our third fundraiser was a result of one of the attendees at the Fashion Show putting forward Soroptimists of Ipswich Bursary Fund as a beneficiary of the Organ recital at Great Wenham.