With the help of friends, regional club members and our own club members we have been able to send off nearly 4kgs of ring pulls to the charity Purple Community Fund. They will be made into lovely items such as handbags, purses, coasters and many other things.
A plaque was presented to Father John and John Roger, a very good friend of Beryl Morgan outside the main toilet at St patrick’s Church in Corsham. The toilet twinning with a toilet in Africa was done in memory or Beryl who passed away last year. She had been a member of our club for a very long time.
We had even more guests attending our quiz night which was wonderful to see especially as we were raising money for Bath and District Samaritans. It was appropriate that we held it leading up to Mental Health Awareness week in the UK.
Brains were tested as usual and we managed to raise £700 for the charity. As well as a lovely buffet dinner provided we also had a raffle and sold cards to bring in more funds.
The annual cycle event can consist of 30, 60 or 100 miles in length and this event is organised by the Rotary club of Chipping Sodbury. Julian House asked us if we could help serve at the 30 mile stage with providing cakes,snacks and drinks.
All the cyclists were in good spirits and were very appreciative of the spread laid on for them. The money raised from registration fees and donations are then divided between many local charities including Julian House. Thankfully the weather was fine although there was quite a wind which would have been felt homeward bound.
The Bath club got together on Sunday afternoon for a social gathering to raise money for the Federation Project, the Meru Women’s Garden Project in Kenya. this project helps women in poor areas to educate an increase their skills and knowledge so that they can be more efficient in food production thus reducing extreme hunger.
They can then produce their own crops, selling them and helping girls to attend school so that they are not hungry and better able to learn. The creation of breakfast Clubs will further reduce hunger at school and the girls will learn to provide sustainable food gardens. this will hopefully cascade down to future generations.
We were also able to take a look at our archives which date back to 1925 when Bath was a Venture club. It’s going to take a while to archive these documents whilst making for interesting reading.
A lovely young lady called Alice came to talk to our group about the debilitating disease endometriosis. What an inspiration she was and we learnt so much about the nature of the disease and the fact that I can affect teenagers as well as older women. More importantly it needs to be spoken about and should not be a taboo subject. We should be looking at more ways of highlighting this awful disease.
President Diane gave her time to teach a gentle yoga class to willing volunteers and managed to raise £100 for helping post grad Holly to take a trip to Nepal later this year.
Holly’s task will be to help families start up their own businesses and educate young girls, Part of the International Citizen Organisation, something we Soroptimists feel very strongly about. Holly will be coming to our meeting this January and then later on in the year when she returns.
Yogis at the ready! the best bit at the end!
Thanks to everyone that took part. It really was a fun way to raise money.