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Donation from SI Sevenoaks past member to President Alison’s Charity

Donation from SI Sevenoaks past member to President Alison’s Charity

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SI SEVENOAKS PAST member Isobel White, who moved to Blackburn in April 2024, had left them with a donation for the South East Region President’s charity (ABCD). Sevenoaks Club Treasurer Margaret Nicholson took the opportunity of presenting the money to Regional President Alison Driscoll on May 28 at Sevenoaks’ new members and fundraising coffee morning. Pictured are Margaret  Nicholson, President Alison Driscoll and PAO Sandie Higgs.

Why was President Ruth visiting the Region in May?

Why was President Ruth visiting the Region in May?

On 18 May, SI Bromley and Croydon clubs shared a very enjoyable inter-club lunch at Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre, attended by over 40 people. Paul Knox Clarke, the guest speaker, talked about the impact of global heating on women in fragile and conflicted  countries. It shocked everyone by detailing how much more vulnerable women are in a climate emergency. He outlined measures that need to be taken to mitigate some of the effects. Ruth Healey, SIGBI President, was a guest and presented Peggy Duffin with a badge to mark fifty years of membership. Peggy treated us to a very nice amble down memory lane with stories of her years in Soroptimism. Roxanne St Clair, member of SI Croydon, was inaugurated as Regional Vice-President by Ruth and given her chain of office. Ruth also spoke to us about the impact of Soroptimism at international level and
Successful Regional Study Day on County Lines

Successful Regional Study Day on County Lines

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On 13 April, 32 Soroptimists attended a Study Day organised by President Alison Driscoll. This was to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. Our key speaker was Cliff Grieve, a former Detective  Superintendent and founder of Kent Community Against Trafficking (KCAT). He is also an Ambassador to Kent for the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS). Cliff shared some statistics: - The numbers for human trafficking over last 10 years are on the increase Estimated 52million worldwide. 138000 British citizens are slaves in the UK. Every 10 seconds a child is being taken. Modern Slavery is said to be ‘hidden in plain sight’. We all come into contact with victims in our daily lives. In industries such as beauty, car wash, hospitality, construction, domestic and agricultural industry’s. Also criminal activities such as the sex trade, organ trafficking and drugs. The types of human
How much did the Silent Auction for ABCD raise at Region?

How much did the Silent Auction for ABCD raise at Region?

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A Silent Auction was held at the March Regional Meeting. This was in aid of President Alison’s chosen charity, Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability (ABCD). ABCD was set up 35 years ago. It works to  improve the lives of children with disabilities across Palestine regardless of faith race or gender. Jane Barnes had produced an Auction catalogue, with information on the 16 lots donated by the clubs.  The catalogue was circulated in advance with descriptions and reserve price for each lot. The goal was to raise monies to fund a Speech and Language Therapist for a year and then apply for match funding. The total raised by the Auction was £1240.00. The star buy was the double quilt – many thanks to Jenni Mogridge (SI Bromley) for donating this item which she had made herself – and for being such an able auctioneer. The

Launch of the Regional President’s Project

Launch of the Regional President’s Project

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The speakers at our March Regional meeting were from the charity Action Around Bethlehem Children with Disabilities (ABCD). This is a charity which President Alison has been associated with for many years.  It was started 35 years ago by Val Jourdan, a paediatric physiotherapist. She had undertaken  a placement  in Bethlehem with the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. There is a high incidence of disability with a high rate of complications around birth and early years cases.  There is little use of birth control and marriages within isolated rural communities. This leads to a large number of genetic disorders. There is still a stigma attached to any form of disability, even within families with disabled children. There is a tendency to hide them away, so without some intervention,  Val explained that these children live isolated and unproductive lives. ABCD, is a charity based in the UK. It

Have you seen the latest edition of SEE News?

Have you seen the latest edition of SEE News?

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The latest edition of our Regional Newsletter SEE News was published this week by our editor Patricia Painting. Do have a read to find out more about what has been happening across the South East Region including: – Book Awards for girls completing The Girls Network programme How clubs are preparing for International Women’s Day with theme ‘Inspire Inclusion’ SI Whitstable leading on ‘Plastic Free Whitstable’ campaign Welcome to our new members and Important dates for the diary over the coming months…..           8 March – IWD Dance with ‘Project F’ in Whitstable           9 March – SI Lewes – a celebration of women through film           16 March – Silent Auction at Region           13 April – SISEE Study Day at Howfield Manor Theme: County Lines