I’m Ghyslaine Clarke and my focus for this year is “Reflecting on Altruism”. I believe it’s as important to recognise what you get out of doing voluntary work as it is to take part in the activities. We deal with some pretty challenging issues, so it’s vital that the work we do on issues that make us want to change things is balanced with some lighter-hearted activities.
The Club is part of a world-wide organisation whose aim is to enable, empower and educate girls and women to make life better for them & their families. We do this in three main ways:
- We lobby the UK Government – last year we sent letters to encourage our local MPs to support the bill allowing child refugees into the UK;
- We raise funds for local and overseas charities, some of the fundraising events happen on an annual basis, like our Literary Lunch in November and others on a more ad hoc basis, like running a Teddy Tombola at the Hunstanton Kite Fair and organising a Fashion Show. Two charities are chosen by Club members at the beginning of each year. This year it’s Nelson’s Journey which helps local children dealing with bereavement and The Pelandaba Orphans in Zimbabwe.
- We provide services to the community such as weekly English lessons for people who have recently moved to the UK; weeding a designated flower bed in Tower Gardens and hosting an annual Public Speaking Competition for local schools.
- Last, but by no means least, we raise awareness locally of issues affecting women – we’ve collected ‘gently used’ bras for the last 2 years to support The Purple Teardrop campaign, which helps to prevent women from being trafficked. The response both times has been heart-warming.
The balance I was talking about earlier, comes in the form of social events. These offer the chance to meet up outside Business meetings to get to know each other better – although, I will be honest, a lot of Club business gets discussed too!
Business meetings are held on the first Monday of the month on the top floor of Marriott’s Warehouse in Kings Lynn. Everyone’s welcome for supper in the restaurant at 6.15pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm.
Our members are women who want to make a positive difference in the lives of other women and this Club has been going for over 40 years, so we must be doing something right! Why not come along to a meeting as our guest – supper’s on us your first time – and see for yourself the difference you can make. To contact us either go to the contact page or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to see you!