Throughout the month of September we are aiming to fill 500 bags with school stationery for children escaping domestic violence in local refuges. These are some of our most disadvantaged children and we believe they deserve to have the basic stationery needed to learn at school.
Items needed include: packs of highlighters, writing pens, twist crayons, coloured pencils, coloured markers, writing pencils, pencil cases, glue sticks, erasers, sharpeners. The items must be NEW and can be any brand.
Donation boxes are located in community libraries throughout Perth and Mandurah for the month of September.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Like our Project Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/schoolpacksproject/
- Add some stationery items to your shopping trolley to donate
- Collect stationery amongst your friends, sports teams, group or workplace
- Make a cash donation for the purchase of stationery
- Become a business sponsor for the bulk purchase of stationery.
Visit the School Packs Project Facebook page for full details.
This project is now in its seventh year and continues to grow, with enthusiastic support from other Soroptimist clubs, craft groups, social groups and many individuals. Beanies, scarves and blankets are knitted, sewn or crocheted by caring hands and distributed to varies agencies and shelters during June/July. This year nearly 600 beanies were distributed along with scarves, blankets, children’s jumpers and socks.
Together we aim to make a difference by giving a small, but welcome gift of warmth to a homeless person. A beanie is something personal, a new gift that is easy to transport, not lost easily as it’s on one’s head, and it keeps the wearer warm in both winter and summer when doing it tough sleeping on concrete or under the starts.
Happy Mothers’ Day to all Mums. Every year, SISP members get together to prepare single roses to be delivered to ladies who receive Meals on Wheels from the South Perth Senior Citizens’ Centre. This is an opportunity to reach out to the local community and bring some joy to those who are alone or removed from their families. We wish everyone a happy day.
From the first time in participating in the Cancer Council WA’s Relay for Life, SISP has taken on the challenge of raising much-needed funds for research into this dreadful disease.
Our Soroptimist Sunflowers team has been prominent trackside every year and this year we were honoured with an award for raising over $55,000 since 2002.
Well done to everyone involved – our team members, donors and supporters – over the weekend.
Thank you again, we really appreciate it!
SI South Perth has a very special relationship with Family Foundations Service and we offer our services and support in many ways.
Story time is an initiative introduced by Jane Jones which is run on a fortnightly basis and very popular with the children of families visiting the centre.
Jane had a loveable helper at her session this week when Erik the Brave, Conqueror of Hearts, came along to show off his listening skills (and many other talents) as children read stories and played games together.
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.
Our Soroptimist sisters, families and friends have joined together to knit, crochet and sew over 1,000 beanies that are being distributed to homeless people and families throughout our community. Thank you to everyone who has supported this cause in 2017.
We will be helping out with the Family Foundations Service Christmas dinner for homeless families on Monday 12 December @ UnitingCare West, East Perth.