International Women’s Day

SI South Perth members attended the UN Women IWD Breakfast at PCEC and were delighted to host students from our local schools. The guest speaker was Siobhan Hobbs (Women, Peace & Security Program Specialist for UN Women in Bangladesh) in a panel discussion with Elizabeth Shaw (MC & UN Women Empowerment Champion). Siobhan is currently based with UN Women in Bangladesh and has first-hand involvement responding to the 2017 floods in Bangladesh and the current Rohingya Crisis. It was a great morning with a great theme – Leave No Women Behind.

 

We also celebrated the induction of two of our WA Soroptimist sisters into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Hazel Butorac (SI On The Terrace) and Kelly Howlett (SI Port Hedland). 

SI Public Speaking Competition

SIWA is running a public speaking competition across all of the universities in Western Australia.  The competition is open to any female studying at a university in Western Australia. Round 1 is being held at each of the individual universities with the winner then competing in the Round 2 final at Notre Dame University. 

SI South Perth is hosting the Curtin University Competition. The competition provides a platform for women to discuss something important to them and showcase their vision for a better future.

Prizes of $250 are awarded for each round and the grand final prize is $500 plus a trip to Melbourne to attend an international conference on women and leadership.

If you are a female student of Curtin University and would like the opportunity to have say, meet with like-minded women and hopefully win a prize, then do it!

For entry details follow this link http://www.soroptimist-wa.org.au/public-speaking-competition/information-and-registration-pack/

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Or come along and join us to hear from our future leaders on Tuesday 13 March @ Building 410, Room 428.

 

Breakfast Meeting and AGM – 13 February 2018

Our start to the business year for 2018 will be our first breakfast meeting combined with our AGM.

It will be held at the Royal Perth Golf Club, 7.00 am on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

We will be reflecting on the year past as well as welcoming our new President for 2018-2019, Kaye Hill, and a new Executive Team. Please join us for a hearty breakfast and an opportunity to hear about the work we do and the wonderful opportunities there are to support women and girls in need. Everyone is welcome to attend (just let us know if you are coming via the Contact Us page or email info@sisouthperth.org.au). There are many avenues of support – become a member, attend our fundraising events, support us through our gifts in kind appeals throughout the year or make a donation.

We’d love to have you on board in some way to help us make a difference.

Australia Day Celebration Zone

Twelve Soroptimists (and one Soroptimister) volunteered to assist at the Celebration Zone on the South Perth foreshore  on Australia Day. We operated the Events Office marquee providing maps of the activity zones, sunscreen and wristbands; handling lost property (and lost children); supplying bus timetable information; supervising the online survey iPads; charging mobile phones and camera batteries; and coordinating a ‘Penny Drop’ competition that was very popular with both adults and children. On top of this we also coordinated another hugely popular activity space with the ‘Guess What’ exhibition of 100 unusual items from the past and the ‘Guessing Booth’ to guess the number of beads in each jar.  It was a great day to enjoy time with each other, to promote Soroptimism and to assist in a very successful community event.

 

December 2017 Breakfast Meeting

Our final meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 12 December, 7.00 am at Royal Perth Golf Club. We will be presenting Christmas food bags and shopping vouchers to Starick as well as doing our final collection for Family Foundations Service. Members are also asked to bring along their contributions to Family Foundations Service which include Christmas presents for children and food bags. All welcome!

Grandcarers’ Stationery Project

Thousands of grandparents throughout WA provide care to their grandchildren as a result of the biological parents experiencing hardship through issues such as drug addiction, mental illness or imprisonment. They often provide the care with limited resources and are faced with huge financial pressures associated with raising children. Our new project is aimed at providing age-relevant school supplies to grandcarers throughout Perth.

We’ve had a wonderful response with over 16,000 individual stationery items donated. These were then sorted and packed into 300 bags to be distributed through Wanslea’s Grandcare service.

Thank you to Curtin FM 100.1 radio and its listeners who really got behind the project with their donations and to members of Girls for Girls for their support.

 

Garage Sale

Our Annual Garage Sale was held on Sunday 29 October 2017. We had a great day with bright sunshine, lots of bargains and many shopper visiting and buying throughout the day. This is a major fundraising event for the Club and we were delighted to raise over $5,000 from the day. All funds raised go to projects to empower and educate women and girls.

Starick Fundraising Breakfast

You are invited to support our major fundraising event for the year. Our annual Starick Breakfast raises funds for the women’s refuge centre that is a not for profit organisation which provides multi-layered support services in Perth’s south-east metropolitan area to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. The funds raised from the breakfast go directly to Starick to support women and children in need.