Letter of Thanks from Handicap International Forgotten 10 Challenge

The following letter has been received from Handicap International.  Congratulations to all Clubs that held events for the Forgotten 10 Challenge:

Dear Soroptimists,

A huge THANK YOU to all the Soroptimists, students, teachers and other supporters who were involved in this month’s Forgotten 10 Challenge.

From Glasgow to Kent, 36 fantastic events took place over the 10 days of action to raise awareness about the forgotten victims of conflict. In Tamworth and Ashford beautiful displays were held in churches, whilst Rugby and Cockermouth were two towns where Soroptimists collected signatures for the Stop Bombing Civilians petition.

Thousands of school pupils learnt about and raised funds for our mine action and rehabilitation projects. At Writhlington School, where I began the 10 days with an assembly, pupils organised a talent show and at Pendle Vale College pupils held a cake sale and wrote to their MP.

The photo above shows members from the fantastic Darlington Soroptimist Club raising their hands and taking ‘STOP selfies’ in support of the Stop Bombing Civilians campaign. There’s still time to get involved before Christmas or early in January and you can find out more here.

The campaign continues to go from strength to strength and a group of African States recently announced their willingness to back an international declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Sadly we are also reminded about the campaign’s importance on a daily basis. A study published last week showed that record numbers of civilians are being killed and injured in bombings with children bearing a disproportionate impact. In addition, research for the annual Landmine Monitor Report, which was launched today, shows that 2016 saw the highest recorded number of casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war since the year 2000.

Whilst news like this strengthens our resolve, it should also make us proud that we are raising our voices and refusing to forget those caught up in the tragedy of war.

Thank you once again from all of us at HI UK.

Best wishes

John McGeachy

Supporter Engagement Officer, Handicap International UK

P.S. Take a look at some photos from this year’s Forgotten 10 Challenge here