The Club has two active friendship links – one longstanding link with S.I.Harrogate and a second very recent link with S.I.Kathmandu, Nepal
The friendship link with Harrogate was established in 1976. In recent years we have worked together to support a project in the Gambia – raising funds to purchase mosquito nets for hospital beds.
Members meet when at the annual SIGBI Conference and keep in touch through exchanging newsletters. Several members from Harrogate have attended our annual dinner for the past few years. In October 2016, President Sue and five members of Paisley attended Harrogate’s 83rd Charter Dinner. It was a lovely evening of good food, friendship and entertainment.
One of our members met members of Kathmandu whilst on holiday in the area and this lead to the agreement to form a friendship link. In November 2015, we provided hospitality to one of their members to allow her to attend the SIGBI Conference in Glasgow. Members are now actively looking at how we might work together, especially to support the work being carried out by Soroptimists in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes of 2015.
President Sue visited Nepal in spring 2016 along with International President Yvonne and saw for herself the work being carried out by members of Kathmandu following the earthquake. They are active in rebuilding a school to help educate girls and improve their chances of getting out of the poverty made worse by the earthquake. She described the visit as a life changing.
A member of S.I.Kathmandu was granted a visa which allowed her to attend the Federation Conference in Liverpool this year. We were delighted to be able to support her attendance by contributing to her registration fee. Some stationery items were also handed over for her to take back with her to support her club’s work.