We call our voluntary work “Programme Action”, which is the reason for being a Soroptimist. It reflects the Vision and the Mission of Soroptimist International. Programme Action encompasses the charities we support. Please see Programme Action News and Club News for updates.
Soroptimists report their achievements by submitting Programme Reports to Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI).
International: Kori Women’s Development Project (KWDP)
This is an NGO (Non-Government Organisation) registered in Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The main aim of this organisation is to empower, enable and educate women and girls in Kori Chiefdom. This aims to transform the lives of women and girls by encouraging them to take part in agriculture and education relating to health and welfare. 250 women from the Kori Chiefdom, including Taiama, have now become members. There are many more womenwanting to join when funds become available. Rice, Cassava, Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables and Peanuts have been successfully planted and harvested. The effect on the self esteem and health of the women involved, and their families, is incalculable.
National: Breast Cancer Campaign – Tissue Bank
Like most clubs, Thames Valley has had its share of members and family members suffering breast cancer and we hope to raise awareness of the wonderful work of Breast Cancer Campaign and their support for research at many locations in this country.
Some of you may have read one of the many articles in the news on 3rd May 2012, highlighting the work of James Flanagan at Imperial College London. James’s research is funded by Breast Cancer Campaign. His new discovery has increased the possibility of devising a simple blood test to assess breast cancer risk at an early stage, enabling the disease to be detected and treated earlier or even prevented. You can read the full details on the Breast Cancer Campaign website http://www.breastcancercampaign.org/page.aspx?pid=816, or see some newspaper coverage at http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/30/blood-test-breast-cancer-risk?newsfeed=true.
Now BCC has set up four Tissue Banks: at Bart’s Hospital, London, and Dundee, Leeds and Nottingham Universities. This will enable far more detailed research and it is where we come in.
For more information contact Peggy Simson on 01628 523386, or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Breast Cancer Campaign and the Tissue Banks contact Peter Johnstone at: email@example.com
Local: Wycombe Women’s Refuge
We send gifts of toiletries during the year*, and larger parcels for Christmas. So often the children of these women receive gifts, but not the women themselves. Also, when the women leave home, they only think of taking things for their children, and for themselves only have the clothes they are wearing.
* We put together two boxes every month. These boxes contain: Towel, Flannel/sponge, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo/conditioner, Shower gel, Comb/hair brush, Deodorant/Anti perspirant, Cleanser/tonic, Moisturiser, Nail file/emery board, Cotton wool pads, Tissues, Knickers [med. size], and various other items.