School Packs Project

Throughout the month of September we will again be aiming to fill hundreds of bags with school stationery for children in need. This year’s stationery packs will be received by Western Australian children being raised by their grandparents and children in refuges escaping domestic violence in local refuges.

We would like to make the packs extra special for these children, who often have very few belongings. The stationery packs we provide to primary-aged children this year will be hand-made tote bags. So we are seeking help from people who are able to sew tote bags or donate suitable fabrics for making the totes.

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.

Visit the School Packs Project Facebook page for full details.

Beanies for the Homeless

This project is now in its eighth 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. Last 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.

If you would like to contribute to this project, email us at info@sisouthperth.org.au or visit our Facebook page.

Relay for Life

It’s on again on 4-5 May 2019 at the Claremont Showgrounds and our Soroptimist Sunflowers are out and about busy raising funds for Cancer Council WA.

If you would like to donate to our team click here.

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Perth community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Our Soroptimist Sunflowers team has been participating for the past 19 years. Last year we were acknowledge for raising over $55,000 during this time.

Come and visit us at campsite #7 and join us on the track for a lap or two or for a social chat and find out more about our club and what we do to transform the lives of women and girls.


Australia Day Celebration Zone

SI South Perth once again supported the City of South Perth at its Australia Day Celebration Zone. It is the tenth year that we have been involved with the event and a roster of ten Soroptimists ran the Event tent, providing maps, answering queries, handing out sunscreen and give-aways, and providing ID wristbands to parents of young children.

The family-friendly event spanned 10 hectares and included 100 free activities and roving entertainment, a range of food vendors and ample shade and picnic areas for families to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Over 180,000 people visited the foreshore to soak up the sunshine and atmosphere and our team of volunteers enjoyed a well-earned sleep after the fireworks.

School Packs Project

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.

 

Beanies for the Homeless

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.

Relay for Life 2018

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!

Story Time at Family Foundations Service


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.

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.