Having been re-elected as President, I realise how lucky I am to be a member of a Club which continues to seek out new challenges, even in our 61st year, and how proud I am to be a Soroptimist.
We have projects we have supported for years including the children’s ward at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and the Surrey Women’s refuges. But more recent projects include running a competition in schools promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities for girls and working with Smalls for All, collecting underwear to enable girls in Africa to attend school. Both of these projects support one of the Soroptimist goals of increasing access to education and leadership for women and girls.
Covid19 has presented challenges. We’re continuing to meet on-line and have actively sought out projects to help others. We have made hearts to be shared between patient and family on the Palliative Care Ward; we have made boredom packs with treats and puzzles to help those recuperating. We are writing letters to female cancer patients and to care homes, creating posters for hospital corridors, and raising money for the Refuge through Just Giving.
During my final year as President, I know we will continue helping others, listen to inspiring speakers and have fun! We have many ideas for new projects – all of our ideas are generated by our members. There is so much to do to help women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.