Community Focus and Projects
The Club continues to maintain it’s links with Birchen Coppice Primary School, helping at their Christmas, Easter and Summer Fayres, supporting children with their reading and by three club members joining the Board of Governors. We have assisted the Activity Co-ordinator during the school holidays by engaging children in activities and also serving them lunch.
Several local charities such as Nightstop, West Mercia Women’s Aid and Homestart in the Wyre Forest have benefited from the support of SI Kidderminster and District. We have held many fundraising activities including a Floral Art Evening where £700 was raised for the local Stroke Association, an organisation that had helped one of our members with re-habitation following her stroke. Recently we joined with a Birmingham Auction House and ran a Valuation Day, the proceeds of which were donated to West Mercia Women’s Aid and we are currently involved in packing bags at Marks and Spencer for Homestart.
We have supported the International President’s Appeal “Cook Solar, See Solar”.
Toiletries continue to be donated for Nightstop, bras for recycling, (this has raised a considerable amount of money due to the hard work and dedication of the club member who co-ordinates the activity) and food for the Foodbank. Several club members volunteer regularly at Kidderminster Foodbank.
Last month the club organised a Bridge Day and much to our delight this raised over £1,000 which was divided between the Unicef Ebola Appeal, Worestershire Young Carers, and the raffle went to the Earthquake DEC Appeal in Nepal.
Over the past year we have joined with a hospital in Basingstoke engaging in knitting garments and sewing dresses for babies and young girls in Uganda. This enables everyone in the club to participate in an activity wherever their talents lie! We don’t all profess to be sewers or knitters, but everyone is able to cut out, iron, provide lunch and offer encouragement.
Along with all the fund raising and service we have held awareness raising days about The Forgotten 10 Challenge which is Handicap International’s campaign against landmines and cluster bombs, Anti-Trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation and many more issues that affect women and girls.
Don’t run away with the idea that we don’t have fun too……………we do and this often revolves around food! Last weekend to celebrate International Day of the Family a picnic was held at the farm of one of our members whilst they were hosting the heavy horse association on their premises. During 2012 an Alternative Olympics was held and we have spent many enjoyable evenings celebrating various events.