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Soroptimists Do the Double

Members of SI Leigh & District had a busy summer promoting Soroptimism at two community events.

Undertaking the stewarding role for the annual Leigh Carnival involved organising over 20 groups into the planned order. In glorious weather club members wore new royal blue Soroptimist shirts whilst walking in the procession. Other members staffed a publicity stand, complete with a Toilet Twinning ‘Wishing Well’ fundraiser – which amused visitors. The event provided the opportunity to publicise the club’s forthcoming Woman Zone event.

Woman Zone? An event to inform women and girls in the local area about the range of services and facilities that are available. It enabled nearly 30 organisations to showcase their role in the community.

Leigh Soroptimists faced many organisational challenges in the run-up to the event. These included liaising with the Council, contacting local groups, checking health and safety arrangements, and securing catering and toilet facilities. The club also invested in new publicity resources, including colourful banners. Many hours of planning by club members went into the day.

The Civic Square looked magnificent with the colourful stalls and welcoming personnel. Thanks to comprehensive local media coverage, women of all ages visited the event.

Special guest Sue Biggs, (Federation President, Soroptimist International GB & Ireland) opened Women Zone and commented “This is a forward-looking initiative and just the type of activity encouraging partnership working.”

Leigh Soroptimists were all delighted with the success of the venture, and felt it was well worth the team effort required.