On Sunday 24 April Kirkcaldy Soroptimist Maureen Collison took part in the Big Stroll from Clydebank to Balloch (14.4 miles), part of the Glasgow Kiltwalk, with her friend Jenifer McFarlane, a Paisley Soroptimist and a Mary’s Meals Volunteer. They both raised money for Mary’s Meals which serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn, and hope for a better future. It costs £15.90 for Mary’s Meals to feed a child for a whole school year. Maureen and Jenifer between them raised £1,095 and thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation this will be increased by 50%. This means Mary’s Meals will receive £1,642.50 which will feed over 100 children for a whole school year. Our
Annette worked as a midwife in Fife for 36 years ending her career in the role of consultant midwife where she was responsible for the maternity unit’s clinical governance agenda. She contributed locally, nationally and internationally to the promotion of quality maternity care, which is her passion. Following her retirement in 2017 she continued to work (until 2020) on a consultancy basis providing expert reports for pursuers and defendants as well as reviewing and contributing to the reports into the maternal deaths in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Annette supports various charitable causes including those with a focus on injustice, poverty, disaster and conflict. She is now fully retired including from her role as a therapist where her practice included reflexology, reiki, Indian head massage and emotional freedom therapy. Annette enjoys reading (is in 3 book groups!), is a passionate supporter of the arts,
President Annette and Roberta delivered almost 3kg of medicine blister packs to Superdrug on Sunday. Soroptimists all over the country have been collecting the blister packs for the last few weeks for TerracCycle to recycle in the first ‘Little Packs, Big Impact’ initiative. When TerraCyle receive the packs they sort them into reusable raw materials to make such things as outdoor furniture, which prevents the packs from spending a lifetime in landfill. Unfortunately the campaign has closed early and we will need to put our blister packs in the landfill once again.
The SI Scotland South Card Set, created and designed by Region Membership Officer Melanie Brickley, and developed by a team drawn from Clubs across the Region, was launched on International Women’s Day where the theme was ‘Choose to Challenge’. The Set tells the stories of many women who have ‘challenged’, providing an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements within our Region. This Set comprises a pack of cards and a booklet with biographical details of the women featured on each card, giving our Region the opportunity to mark 52 special women in a unique and original way. The end product is a useful gift for a speaker, a memento to keep, to share with friends and with our Friendship Link Clubs. The cost of the Set is £8.00 including UK postage. Overseas orders will be charged at cost plus postage. The Playing Card Project is not
Jenny at Dalgety Bay Jenny walked 15 miles along Fife’s beautiful Coastal Path on 3rd July as part of the Dundee Virtual Kiltwalk. She was walking to raise funds for the three-year Federation project, Empowering Girls in Nepal. Jenny, who will be 80 in a few weeks’ time, unfortunately walked most of the way in the rain. However, she remained undaunted and although she initially intended to take two days over the walk she completed it in one day. She
SI Kirkcaldy celebrated 65 years since the founding of the club with a dinner at Robertson Fine Art in Glenrothes. Members and guests enjoyed good food and a relaxed atmosphere while looking at a booklet of photographs of events from the life of the club.
President Audrey with members of the club who attended the recent very successful Conference in Liverpool Members of SI Tunbridge Wells and SI Kirkcaldy who had a meal together during the Conference
Prior to the AGM, President Heather presented a cheque for £850 to Liza Quinn of Autism Rocks (Fife). Autism Rocks has been the Club’s main Charity for this year and President Heather was delighted to donate this cheque to them. Liza Quinn accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity and said that this was a fantastic amount of money raised by the Club. Autism Rocks receives no funding from Government sources and relies on donations from the general public. She said that they support 1500 families in Fife and the money will be used for Art & Craft activities and also to hold a ‘pool party’ for the families. Liza commented that they will be having an Arts & Craft stall at the Silverburn Festival, Leven, on 28/29 July and the families will be making crafts for this event. She again thanked the Club
Our AGM saw the handover of our chain of office from outgoing President, Heather (left), to incoming President, Audrey (right). Congratulations to you both ladies!
On a beautiful Saturday in April 10 members and a prospective member joined forces to clean up Middle Den opposite Kirkcaldy High School. When we didn’t find too much rubbish lying on the path we moved outwards amongst the trees and found plastic, paper and some bottles. We also found aluminium cans which we collected separately to be recycled. After our exertions we went to Tranquility for a well-earned lunch.