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South Kolkata Mangrove Project

South Kolkata Mangrove Project

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Report from SI Dundee The Sundarbans Mangrove forest is south of Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal and is one of the largest in the world.  Mangrove forests will not survive if sea levels continue to rise.  On the Bangladesh side of the forest there is an industrial zone which has not helped the eco-systems . There are many low lying islands within the Sundarbans some of which I have visited.  Many people live there in huts made of mud and dung which of course are susceptible to high tides, wind and rain.  Just after the start of the pandemic in 2020 a cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal, subsequently many homes were swept away as were a lot of Mangrove  trees. SISK decided on the Mangrove Project , one it supported the centenary of Soroptimist International, and secondly a huge help to the people
Recycling

Recycling

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Recycling and helping people in need are important to all Soroptimists and SI Scotland North Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell responded to a call from Social Flock for warm clothing for 5-18 year olds. Social Flock is a small community initiative in Perth and works hard to ensure everyone in every Perthshire family has the clothes they need and through a variety of sources, Jean collected bags of recyclable warm clothing to hand over, as seen in the photograph. In addition, Jean continues to support Churches Action for the Homeless (CATH) Day Centre in Perth and can be seen handing over donations of toiletries & toilet bags to one of the staff in the 2nd photograph.
Perthshire Women’s Aid and OWLS

Perthshire Women’s Aid and OWLS

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Scotland North Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell was warmly welcomed by staff at Perthshire Women’s Aid ,OWLS (One Stop Women’s Learning Service) Women’s Centre (see two photographs) and RASAC (Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre) in Perth as she handed over toiletries,  toilet bags, make up and gift sets just before Christmas, when she was assured that everything would be put to good use.Perths
Queen’s Green Canopy Project in Perth & Kinross.

Queen’s Green Canopy Project in Perth & Kinross.

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Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell was delighted that, in recognition of her tree planting for the SI Centenary & the Queen’s Green Canopy (Platinum Jubilee 2022), she was sent a virtual ‘plaque’ (photograph) noting her efforts as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project in Perth & Kinross. She was informed that her Jubilee tree planting had been uploaded to The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) map and was thanked for her contribution to this special initiative, which it is hoped will inspire countless others. It was also noted that with her and other’s support a greener UK is being created and a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation will benefit future generations

Celebration of 100 years of Soroptimist International in the Scottish Parliament.

Celebration of 100 years of Soroptimist International in the Scottish Parliament.

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Soroptimists in Scotland were delighted to be able to meet up ‘in person’ and to welcome International President Elect Maureen, SIGBI President Cathy and President Elect Ruth to our celebration. It was also an  opportunity to showcase the work of clubs in Scotland  from Easter Ross to the proposed Club in Dumfries.  The Programme Action presentations focused on our contribution the SDGs locally, nationally, and internationally. We made new contacts with MSPs and invited guests while launching the new Scotland, U N and SIGBI History banners.  
SI Centenary Celebrations

SI Centenary Celebrations

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As part of the Soroptimist International (SI) centenary celebrations, Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell has been delighted to plant rowan and apple trees locally, which is also being recognised as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.  She has also funded the purchase of 200 mangroves supporting the Scotland North Region Indian project.  Jean was delighted to have help from the Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network  (BRAN), a volunteer organisation which maintains the many local country walks.  One photograph shows Jean with one of ‘her’ trees and the other photograph shows Jean with the BRAN volunteers.’
Orange the World

Orange the World

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‘Blairgowrie Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell was keen to replicate one of her projects from last year and having been given permission to so, and along with friends, attached orange ribbons to the railings around the Wellmeadow park, the centre of Blairgowrie which is passed by all road users in and out of Blairgowrie. See photographs. Jean has also been overwhelmed with support from local shopkeepers in Blairgowrie and in Alyth. As last year, she visited all shops with information, posters and balloons asking them to display their support for the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women campaign (25th November – 10 December. Orange is the bright and optimistic colour of the campaign. As you can see from the photographs many imaginative images were presented in their window displays and she is very grateful for their support. As a result of this project,
16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women 2021

16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women 2021

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SI Associate Member, Jean Campbell alerts Blairgowrie & Rattray to proposed action re the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Violence is wrong and evidence clearly shows that the majority of victims of violence are women and girls. This is recognised internationally by the annual 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, 25th November – Human Rights Day, 10th December: Last year local Soroptimist Jean Campbell was delighted with the positive response she received from the local shopkeepers who demonstrated their support by ‘oranging’ their window displays and Jean is hoping they will all do the same again, this year.  She will visit all shops shortly and hand out posters for display. The photograph shows one of the orange displays from last year. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/65943624/blairgowrie-rattray-hub-magazine-winter-2021

Afghanistan Day of Action

Afghanistan Day of Action

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Blairgowrie Associate Soroptimist Jean Campbell was delighted with the response from East Perthshire residents who responded magnificently to the PKAVS appeal for welcome pack items for the Afghanistan refugee families, who are expected in Perth & Kinross.  The photographs show only part of the collection and Jean wheeling the boxed items into PKAVS at the Gateway. Thank you to all who contributed! #sigbi #ukpac #afghanwomen