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.

 
Mayor and Mayoress of Ipswich, Councillor Bill Quinton and wife Barbara, taking part in the quiz

Mayor and Mayoress of Ipswich, Councillor Bill Quinton and wife Barbara, taking part in the quiz

Our organising team with Rob Dunger, BBC Radio Suffolk who was Quizmaster

Our organising team with Rob Dunger, BBC Radio Suffolk who was Quizmaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.