We were delighted this weekend to celebrate the centenary of Soroptimism – quite the achievement. Celebrations have been held across the globe and our sister Soroptimists have embraced the 100 year anniversary with gusto celebrating in many and varied ways. Here in Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District we have joined our sisters in the international tree planting and our tree will be planted formally on Saturday 9th October at Holywell Dene in partnership with the Friends of Holywell Dene organisation. We have also raised money via our ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ Event and through our 100 Challenge event which encouraged members to do ‘100’ of certain tasks such as charitable donations, social media posts, bags of litter picked, bulb planting and many others. We also have been involved with our ‘Sister Act’ project where many of our members donated items or services which
To mark Earth Day on 22nd April 2021, some of us took part in a quiz organised by one of our Programme Action groups, the Planet Group. We were challenged by a range of questions and the answers certainly made us pause for thought. There has been much in the news over the last few days about the future of our planet and recent commitments by nations across the world to take action on climate change are to be welcomed. We will certainly be making our contribution in the coming year. And the answer to the question: the UK creates enough waste to fill the Royal Albert Hall every two hours.
Six members of our club took part in another socially distanced litter pick on 10th April, this time at the Rising Sun Countryside Centre. They collected 12 bags of rubbish; that’s another step towards meeting one of our 100+ challenges. Well done everyone. If you’re interested in joining our club so you can get involved with activities like this, please get in touch either by contacting us on 07947520109 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our on-going projects is the creation of New Start Bags. Northumbria Police gives these emergency bags to women rescued from Modern Day slavery, sexual exploitation, human trafficking and to victims of domestic abuse. They contain essential new clothing, toiletries and day to day items. On the suggestion of Northumbria Police, we have now created additional care packs and hygiene packs containing underwear, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste and masks. These are given to victims of rape and sexual assault after they have undergone necessary medical examination. Thanks must go to all our members for their work in raising funds to allow us to support women in this way.