Bookstalls at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
This is an ongoing project and every six weeks or so, members man a book stall at the Hospital with the funds raised being used for Hospital projects. The books are donated to SI Surrey Hills by members and their friends/supporters.
Projects helped to date include funds for our emergency packs of toiletries. The stall raised over £155 for the purchase of items such as flannels and toothbrushes to help the parents of seriously ill children.
During 2015, members were supporting the appeal for the purchase and installation of a tomosynthesis machine to assist the Breast Cancer unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. A bookstall was also held in Guildford Cathedral. In total, £500 was donated for the purchase of the new machine.
Previous bookstalls held supported the Safe Delivery Trust Fund at the Hospital and raised over £400 in support of this work.
The Club welcomed two of the Trustees of the Friends of the Poor in South India and Chris and Phillip updated us as to their work in general and in particular the tailoring project which was supported by the Club.
In January, fifteen young widows began a 6 month tailoring course. During the course, they have learnt pattern cutting, design and sewing. These skills will enable them to support themselves and their families in a society with no social security. It also dovetails neatly with the Soroptimist goal of educating and empowering women throughout the world.
The Club presented the Trustees with a cheque for £713 which will purchase sewing machines for the women to use once they have graduated. The intention is that the purchase price will be repaid from the profits made by the widows using a micro-finance scheme and hence the £713 will be reused in the future!
The Club was delighted to hold their 2nd Annual Quiz in aid of the Woking Womens’ Refuge, yourSanctuary in Onslow Village Hall. In addition to a team from the Refuge, over 50 members, guests and supporters of the Charity attended. The bar was hosted by a member and a “Soroptimister” and proved very popular, as did the fish and chip supper. The raffle was also well supported with a variety of prizes. The Club is delighted that over £450 was raised to support the refuge.
The Christmas Fair 2014 -2016 For three years, the Club organised and ran a Christmas Fair in Cranleigh showcasing crafts and gifts. Overall, over £1500 was raised and the proceeds raised over the years were donated to Medecin sans Frontieres to support their then work in tackling the Ebola crisis in West Africa. And in 2013/14 the Fair raised funds to support the Safe Delivery Trust Fund at the Royal Surrey Hospital and the BIG Project working in the Gambia, which were two of our Programme Action projects for that year.
The Phoenix Project and Project Moo – “Our Cow in Ecuador”
Led by member Daphne, Guildford and District Soroptimists were delighted to forward funds to the Phoenix Project in Ecuador (thephoenixprojects.org/countries/ecuador). The Phoenix Project provides education for school children, by employing local teachers to assist local economies and by feeding the children whilst at school. They also provide classroom support. The funds we provided were used within Project Moo for the purchase of a cow. The milk from the cow is used to provide an income for the purchase of school materials. We were very pleased to support this project which links closely to the Soroptimist goal to increase access to education and leadership for women and girls.
Working with Your Sanctuary, Surrey – ongoing
In recognition of International Womens’ Day 2014, Guildford Club decided to support one of the refuges run by Your Sanctuary in Surrey. Items donated included curtains, blankets, duvets and bedding, crockery and kitchen utensils. The items were delivered and hopefully, helped make a difference to the lives of women and children either whilst they are at the refuge or when they are in the process of leaving it.
Since that time, numerous further ad-hoc donations of bedding, crockery, curtains etc have been made. In addition, beds and other furniture were provided to enable a former resident and her son to furnish their new home.
This work recognises the Soroptimist goal of improving the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment or enabling opportunities and in particular, our work in helping to eliminate violence against women and girls.