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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SISP members participated in the 27th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March on Friday 17 November 2017 to honour all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence. The guest speaker was the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.
Ten members of SISP attended the ANZAC Day service at the City of South Perth war memorial and laid two wreaths. The wreaths were made by members the night before. SISP has had a presence at the service for the past 10 years and is a way of showing our commitment to honour those who fought and served to enable freedom for people all over the world and our continuing support for community events.