● We chose Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for our major fundraising effort last year and raised £6,000 at our Bags of Style Fashion show. Encouraged by a speaker from the charity we also recycle old mobiles and printer cartridges in its name.
● We sponsored a seminar and provided an overhead projector to a small organisation called CIS’ters which supports women survivors of childhood incest. We have also given the organisation an additional £200 to support a therapeutic Fun to Dance day.
● We have provided a new trolley for the Red Cross mobile shop at the local hospital, replacing the one the club donated in 1974.
● During Landmine Awareness Week we collected signatures for a petition to the government asking for a ban on the manufacture, stockpiling, transfer and use of cluster munitions by the end of 2008. For more information click on Landmine Action.
● For some years now we have been lobbying at all levels for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Resolution 1325 calls for increased participation and representation of women in peace negotiations, peacekeeping, democratic processes and post-conflict reconstruction including issues of gender justice. However its recommendations have not been widely adopted (not even in Northern Ireland) so the need to press for its full implementation in all arenas of post-conflict negotiations remains.
● This year we will be raising awareness of the health risks of sun tanning machines, lobbying the government to regulate the sun tanning industry and protect under 16s from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.
● By collecting old and broken jewellery we and other clubs in UK raised over £3000 for a project to combat Lassa Fever in West Africa.