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April 2023 – AGM and Annual Review – Hamlin Fistula Hospital – Women Artists

AGM and Annual Review

SI Woking held its Annual General Meeting in April.  It was good to review the past year and remember the causes we supported.  They include Your Sanctuary, a charity dear to our hearts for its care of the victims of domestic abuse.  So we were delighted to learn that one of outgoing presidents, Barbara R,  personally raised the magnificent sum of £600 recently for Your Sanctuary with a cake sale.

We welcomed our Co-Presidents for the next Soroptimist Year 2023-24.  Sue S joins Barbara R and Rozanne, who are willing to serve for a second year.  We look forward to carrying our the new programme of actions and events under their leadership.

Many congratulations are due to three long-serving members. Marlie (in our photo) has been a Soroptimist for 30 years, Katharine for 35 years and Elizabeth for 45 years!!

Hamlin Fistula Hospital

We are knitting square for blankets!  The Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia aims to treat and prevent injuries when women give birth.  The Hospital gives every woman who comes for help a Comfort Pack on arrival.  The Comfort Pack includes useful items for their stay in hospital.  When they leave, the women take everything with them plus a new dress.

The Pack includes a warm knitted blanket and this year, the Hospital is appealing for 1,000 blankets! Woking Soroptimists will be knitting many squares for these blankets over the coming months….

We are cooperating with our Friendship Link Club in Stourbridge on this.  SI Stourbridge has been helping the Hamlin Fistula Hospital for many years.  We’re glad to be working with our sister Soroptimists on this very worthwhile project.

More about the Hamlin Fistula Hospital here.

Women Artists

So many of them, so many unknown!  Discover them here