As the date of the Club’s Annual General meeting was on 25 April this year, members wore something orange to show their support for the UNiTE campaign. The UNiTE campaign has declared every 25th of the month to be Orange Day. Launched in 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. The idea is to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November – the International Day to End Violence against Women – but every month. Everyone is encouraged to wear something orange on every 25th of the month to raise awareness. The orange UNiTE ribbon is the new symbol for ending violence against women and girls. UNiTE calls on governments, civil
At the AGM in April 2013, President Marjorie and Club members were delighted to present a cheque for £800.00 to Nicky Miller of Barnardo’s Young Carers in Morecambe. The money raised will be used to provide financial support for courses which the Barnardos Young Carers’ leaders have identified from an ASDAN-accredited programme. The first AQA Level 1 in Self-Care: Personal Hygiene will help the young people to develop key skills, confidence and self-esteem. We hope the children will enjoy these sesssions, gain knowledge and use it to make practical changes in areas of their life. It is hoped that the young people will be bullied less and feel less different. This could then improve their ability to benefit from their schooling. The children have already made their own suggestions for courses, for example, they have asked for one in first aid.
On 13 March 2013 President Marjorie, ably assisted by Bonnie, hosted an open day at her home in Morecambe where members and friends were welcomed with coffee and cup cakes, made by Marjorie. Also present were Neil Worsley from Barnardo’s Young Carers and Social Studies student Eva who is currently on placement with Neil. They brought along a display board of pictures and articles which the young carers had been working on in their AQA study modules. The proceeds of over £130.00 from a raffle and a table top sale on the day will be put towards Marjorie’s charity for her year in office, Barnardo’s Young Carers, further details of which are give on the 2012 to 2013 President’s page.
On Saturday, 9 February 2013 the Club hosted another very successful coffee morning at the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, raising funds for President Marjorie’s charity for the year – Barnardo’s Young Carers. Despite the cold and the rain the event was very well attended by the people of Silverdale and visitors, among whom were many familiar faces from previous years’ coffee mornings. We are always very grateful for their generous support. Members of the Club, family members and friends ran the raffle, the tombola and the stalls selling cakes, books and bric a brac whilst other members prepared the tea and coffee and served the drinks and biscuits. Many thanks to all who came along and helped and to the ladies from Silverdale who ran the clothes stall.
To raise awareness of the United Nations Day of Human Rights on 10 December 2012, to raise awareness of the issue of Violence Against Women and to raise awareness of the Club, members of SI Morecambe and Heysham staffed a stall in the Arndale Centre in Morecambe on the morning of Saturday, 8 December 2012. This was followed by a very enjoyable lunch of delicious soups made by one of our members and held at the home of a fellow member. Proceeds from the lunch will be donated to the SI International President’s Appeal which aims to reduce maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea. Information on the appeal which was launched on 10 December 2012 can be found on the main Soroptimist International GBI website: https://sigbi.org/our-charities/international-president%e2%80%99s-appeal-december-10th/
On a pleasant Saturday morning in September members of the Club took part in our annual Beach Clean and Beach Survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham, undertaken in conjunction with members of the Marine Conservation Society. We were also joined by members of the public who had read about the event in the local paper. A large amount of rubbish was collected and carefully recorded: the rubbish was weighed and taken to the local tip and the recorded findings will be included in the MCS’s national survey of beaches.
At the AGM in April immediate past president Shirley Wilson presented a cheque for £1000 to Louise Lambert of the Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Morecambe, which was Shirley’s choice of charity for her year in office, 2011 – 12. Both President Shirley and Louise thanked the members for their enthusiasm in supporting the Charity.
SI Morecambe and Heysham celebrated International Women’s Day by building a bridge of awareness of the dangers of Ovarian Cancer. Members of the Club handed out leaflets and talked to men and women in Morecambe, highlighting the ‘silent killer’ aspect of the disease. In support of the ‘Target Ovarian Cancer’ campaign we gathered at the Eric Morecambe statue where we used archery equipment to underline the need to raise the awareness of females in the population of the symptoms of the disease. We also distributed leaflets about Soroptimist International to promote our unique role in advancing the status of women and girls worldwide. We spoke to more than 50 women, the majority of whom were interested in what we were doing and supportive of our efforts. We are sure that “our Eric” would have approved of his role on the day!
The guest speaker at the social evening in May was Tony Klimpton from the Galloway’s Society for the Blind, the charity which President Shirley has chosen for the Club to support for her term of office. Tony was a very interesting speaker and several members of SI Morecambe and Heysham are already actively involved in supporting the Galloway Society.
Club members gathered on April 14th to present a cheque for £8oo to a representative of Global Link. This charity works with schools to promote lessons in global citizenship and has been President Annot’s charity for her year as club President.