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Club News 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL ON ATTAINING OUR CENTENNIAL YEAR THIS YEAR.

A number of tree-planting events will be taking place this year to commemorate our Centennial year.  We will be showcasing these events below as they happen.  We will be working in partnership with a number of other organisations for our tree-planting activities, namely: The Woodland Trust,  The Be Yourself Group,  Soroptimists of Pune Metro East, India,  CDP Project Mombasa, Africa,  Perth & Kinross Council (SI Perth Silver Birch tree planted on South Inch in March 2021).   If you are interested in helping us in these projects, please get in touch with us.  We would welcome your help.

8th MARCH 2021

The women of the “Be Yourself Group” have organised Perth and Kinross’s International Women’s Day celebrations since 1997. In recent years they have co-ordinated Perth and Kinross’s Women’s Festival alongside their many partners (including Soroptimists of Perth) who are interested in celebrating the achievements of women and creating opportunities for them to achieve more. The festival coincides with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March celebrated by women throughout the world.

Unfortunately, like many other events, this year’s festival 2021 did not take place but the Be Yourself Group and its partners celebrated on the 8th of March by planting a tree. With the kind support of the Gannochy Trust, representatives from the group and SI Perth planted a rowan tree in Quarrymill Woodland Park Perth.

It is hoped that the festival will return in 2022 and that partners including Soroptimists International Perth, Gender Equality Perth, Menopause Café, PKAVS and Onestop Women’s Learning Service(OWLS)  will offer an even bigger programme of practical workshops, physical activities, drama, music, films and exhibitions for all to enjoy.

SI Perth President Jean Black with SI Perth member Christine Macfarlane and a member of the Be Yourself Group

  

8th MARCH 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Perth’s Smeaton Bridge was illuminated in the festival’s chosen colour for this year, purple.  SI Perth members wore purple at their club Zoom meeting that week.

Perth’s Smeaton Bridge on 8th March 2021, for International Women’s Day

FEBRUARY 2021

RECYCLING NEWS FOR EVERYONE

EMPTY BLISTER PACKS

We learned recently that Superdrug Stores throughout the UK are having a fundraising drive to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care,  with special collection boxes in their shops for customers to recycle blister packs from tablets.

Collect your empty blister packs from any medicine you are taking, and recycle them with SI Perth, or direct to a Superdrug store.

SI Perth members think this is an excellent way to raise money and also to help the environment so we will be supporting this cause.  Please tell your families and friends about this very worthwhile project and ask them to save their empty blister packs.  If you can, please give the blister packs to any SI Perth member you know and we will add them to our collection and count them.  We aim to collect hundreds of packs and will hand them over to our local Superdrug Store, publishing the numbers we collect as we go.

If you don’t know any of our members, please contact us through this website and we will be in touch to arrange collection if this is possible.  If not, your own local Superdrug will be very happy to receive your blister packs.  Thank you for your support.

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FEBRUARY 2021

Soroptimists of Perth began the year with two very successful virtual meetings.  Our first meeting on 12th Jan. introduced us to speaker Diana McMicking from Firefly International, an organisation who help provide safe spaces for children affected by war.  Founded in Bosnia by Ellie Maxwell, a student at Edinburgh University, the charity currently works in Syria, Turkey and Bosnia.  Sadly Ellie passed away in 2009 but the work she began continues with a dedicated team of workers doing a wonderful job in dangerous circumstances.

Following our inspiring speaker, SI Perth members discussed our programme action work – the projects we are running at the present time – under the headings of:

Climate Change (working with Woodland Trust on tree planting), Domestic Violence, Gender Inequality, Recycling, and Supporting Local Organisations e.g. providing goods for RASAC, donating to Salvation Army to ease poverty, supporting P & K Music Foundation, making blankets/rugs for Murray Royal, knitting premature baby items for Ninewells, providing toiletries to Women’s Aid, and much more.

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Our second meeting, on 26th Jan. highlighted the work of The Free to Live Trust (FTLT), with speaker Pam Cairns, Co-Founder of the Trust, bringing us up to date with their 2 Children’s Homes in Pune, India.  SI Perth have supported the building of these two homes and the upkeep and support of the children in the homes.  The children are the offspring of trafficked girls, caught up in modern day slavery and being forced to work in the red light are of India.  The FTLT helped in the rescue of around 60 children, and are giving them security, freedom and love in the countryside of Maharashtra where they attend local schools and are looking forward to a brighter future than previously.  Back in the red light area of Pune, the FTLT provides hot food daily for a good number of the children still trapped there, in very dangerous circumstances.

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Our next Club meeting, on Zoom, will be on Tues. 9th Feb., when Jen Stewart from RASAC is our speaker.  If you’d like to attend one of our meetings as a guest, to hear one of our speakers please contact us.  (Our full syllabus is on the front page of our Website.)  We’d be delighted to welcome you.

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JANUARY 2021

During January, a number of Soroptimist Webinars took place throughout the world, and SI Perth members attended, to learn what our Soroptimist sisters are doing in their own countries.  SI Dundee ran one of these Webinars, where the speaker was Aratrika Bhattacharya from SI South Kolkata, addressing the problems of domestic violence and gender inequality in India.

On 29th January, SI Pune Metro East in India, one of SI Perth Friendship Links, organised a Webinar with speakers discussing the problems of climate change, and the tree planting our clubs are doing in various parts of the world.  One such tree is the Moringa, grown in Asia and Africa, also called the Miracle Tree, the Tree of Life and the Drumstick Tree.    In India these trees are used for many purposes, e.g. medicinal, culinary, and every part of the tree – the leaves, stems and flowers – are all important benefits to the Indian people.  SI PME hope to plant 100 of these essential trees over the coming months and SI Perth will be supporting a project in Mombasa to plant Moringa trees there.