Charities we support
SI Reigate and District Charities 2016-2017
As a club we are supporting the following charities during the current year. This is done in different ways. Some are supported through service, others by donations of items or fundraising.
- East Surrey Hospital – One Stop Breast Clinic
The President’s charity this year is to raise money for a ‘One Stop Breast Clinic’ at East Surrey Hospital. The aim is to improve breast services at East Surrey Hospital. Shamaela Waheed (Consultant) and Liz Darragh (Lead Macmillan Nurse) spoke at the club meeting in June. The aim of this development at the hospital is to bring aspects of diagnosis and treatment together to speed up the process and provide an appropriate environment. This is a very local cause and is the main charity of the year.
By raising funds SI Reigate hope to be able to pay for certain aspects of this including refurbishing the Quiet Room where patients are given their news and will provide a place for discussion of outcomes and treatments. Various fund raising events are being arranged.
A Reigate based charity that carries out projects for local people in need. This includes the Cup of Tea Club for elderly people and food banks.
Support for Loveworks is by food donations which members bring to club meetings each month. There are now three Loveworks food banks and SI Reigate members volunteer in all three. In conjunction with Loveworks, FB3 was set up in May 2015 and all volunteers are from SI Reigate as a part of club Programme Action.
Support for Stripey Stork is by donation of items e.g. school uniform for the new term, toiletries prior to Mothers’ Day. Also some members have assisted at the Donation Stations and sorting sessions for donated items. A club member and Soroptimister helped Stripey Stork to move premises earlier this year, from cramped to spacious. This was much appreciated.
This is the local women’s refuge and provides temporary accommodation to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
Some members of SI Reigate are on the board of Trustees. We give RBWA a small donation each year so that small presents and birthday cards can be bought for the women and children. In addition we have donated toiletries and other small items.
- Regional Internship at Pretoria
As this suggests, this is a SI Regional Project. The aim is to sponsor a student aged between 18 and 25 to work as an intern for a year in South Africa. This will involve working on a project to help disadvantaged women, orphans and vulnerable children run by the Sisters of Mercy in the Winterveldt and Tateni. A suitable candidate has now been appointed and will travel to South Africa in late 2016.
Support for this project will be making a donation to help cover some of the costs of the internship. The intern is expected to contribute £1000. Money in the form of loose change is collected at club meetings.
- Purple Community Fund (Philippine Community Fund)
Jane Walker gave an extremely interesting and though provoking talk about the charity that she has set up and the work that she is doing in the Philippines with families living on the refuse dumps near Manila.
The PCF is also beginning to work with women prisoners in England. We are watching this development with interest.
A donation was made to the charity and members bought many of the beautiful items that had been made by the women from these families, including bags and purses made from the tops of ring pull cans.
In addition, after the meeting members decided that they would like to sponsor a girl through education.