Fylde Club has a vibrant and enthusiastic attitude to Project work – which is the service and fund-raising arm of Soroptimism. We support a number of long-term and annual projects, as well as “one off” activities to raise awareness of differing problems, both local and global. We support Life Education, Fylde Foodbank, Forgotten 10, Fylde Sharks and Fylde Otters, Traidcraft and Fair Trade and we sponsor the education of a number of children in Third World countries.
The Club has a particular interest in health and environmental matters. We are always looking at environmental issues locally to see where we can assist or raise awareness and we also join together to focus on issues affecting women’s health and wellbeing, such as clean water and sanitation.
During the course of the year, we aim to be involved in other events linked to the United Nations’ Observance Days, in particular the International Day of Peace (in September) and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We also work closely on our main focus which is Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, a cause with which we have been associated for many years as it has evolved.
We hold events to celebrate the anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8th and our charity was launched on the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th.
We also work on a joint projects with other Clubs to focus on the importance of various issues. For example, the Club joined with other clubs in the Region to donate bras to be sent to Cyprus for the longest chain of bras to be created for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records – this was to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
Regionally and at an international level, SI Fylde supports the “ChoraChori” project in Nepal, and helps to raise awareness on many issues affecting communities worldwide. This year the Federation President’s theme is “We Stand Up for Women” to bring to the forefront the issues around equality worldwide.