Programme action is the heart of Soroptimism – it is what we do! It takes the format of service projects and fundraising. This is a summary of our achievements over the past two years.
Wakefield Soroptimists have supported Mary’s Meals by collecting backpacks and then filling them with school items and clothing. These are then sent to developing countries to enable children to attend school, where they also receive a hot meal every day. We have donated many items to CART (Christian African Relief Trust) including bicycles, bedding and household items. Our Days for Girls project ensured that we improved our sewing skills by making reusable sanitary towels. Many girls in poorer countries fail to complete their education once they reach puberty because of inadequate sanitary products. A number of us attend a local coffee club for elderly residents of Wakefield, to help them to reconnect socially. Every Christmas we support the less fortunate people in Wakefield by providing many food hampers.
We have collected for Marie Curie nurses and have always supported a Macmillan coffee morning hosted by one of our members. Over the last five years Wakefield Soroptimists have awarded a bursary to three young women to enable them to further their education.
To celebrate our 85th anniversary we funded a Blue Plaque to honour Florence Beaumont, one of the ‘forgotten’ women of Wakefield. In the past 12 months we have held fundraising events to support Homestart in Wakefield, Alzheimers Society, RNLI and Young Carers.
The International project for the next 4 years is ‘Empowering Girls in Nepal’. It will provide security, education and training for vulnerable girls.
Over the past three months, during the pandemic, the club has actively supported Pinderfields Hospital and local care homes, producing scrubs, laundry bags ,masks and pairs of hearts.
Soroptimists in Wakefield will continue their Programme Action projects with enthusiasm.