President Liz Rodgers

Liz Rodgers 2010

Action for Women is at the heart of everything we do:

Soroptimism stands for women helping women locally, nationally and internationally and at the heart of every Soroptimist club is their action programme. Poole Soroptimists are no exception and with Programme Action Officer Sue Fortescue at the helm this year, our members are committed to delivering:

International action:

  • Baby hats and blankets for distribution by SI Kathmandu to victims of the Nepal earthquake.
  • Funds for Soroptimists’ International President’s project to build a new college in Kathmandu.
  • Funds for Southern England Region’s sponsorship of a student visit to South Africa.
  • Funds for four Toilet Twinning toilets in Nepal.
  • Sponsorship of a student in Kathmandu.
  • Sponsorship of a student in Kenya.
  • Funds to equip a maternity unit in Togo.
  • Dorset WaterAid’s Walk for Water.

National action:

  •  Cancer Research’s Race for Life.

Local action:

  • Giving information on safe relationships using Poole Soroptimists’ Loves Me / Loves Me Not bookmarks.
  • Participation in the Borough of Poole’s Domestic Abuse Awareness Day.
  • Funds for LEAF, Leukaemia Education and Fundraising.
  • Funds for Poole Christmas Parcels.
  • Funds for Bournemouth-based Chesthelp.
  • Maintaining the garden at Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

Human trafficking – Purple Teardrop Campaign:

  • Slavery free business chains – awareness-raising campaign with mobile phone service providers.
  • Victim support funding in partnership with Sheffield Soroptimists and the Snowdrop Project.
  • Lobby against advertising sex for sale.

But it’s not all work …

Equally important is the friendship of the Soroptimist network. Poole Soroptimists enjoy visits to the theatre, cinema and ballet, run a popular bookclub and put on fund-raising activities, the next being:

  • 16th February, silent auction, Hamworthy Club.

And let’s not forget the International aspect:

There are Soroptimist clubs around the world and as a member of the Soroptimist network you can link up Soroptimists wherever in the world you find yourself. Clubs link together for action and friendship – Poole Soroptimists are proud to be twinned with clubs in Brussels Iris; Hagen; Geelong and Kathmandu. There are big events too such as the Great Britain and Ireland Federation’s Conference in Cardiff and the European Conference in Florence. Poole Club members will be present at both.