Bray Soroptimists boost coffers of local charities
THE BRAY and district club of Soroptimist International have been busy ladies over the past year fundraising for local Bray Charities - Bray Cancer Support centre, Bray Lakers Club and the WH ( Wicklow Homeless) Five Loaves centre.
Local business women and Club President Gretta Douglas welcomed club members and guests to the annual presentation of cheques last Monday in Chamber House. Gretta gave special thanks to the many club members whom effortlessly organise the social and fundraising events throughout the year.
The Bray Club also fundraises for the Soroptimists National Project for 2009/11 for Cystic Fibrosis charities throughout Ireland, and Bray club members fundraise for the International fundraising project known as the ‘Project Sierra Programme'-helping strengthen broken communities in Sierra Leone by providing education resources for women and children.
Human rights and education for women and young girls is a key aim in the work of the Soroptimist organisation globally, as well as a number of local causes.
‘ The Bray club is aware of the ongoing work of the many charities within our town and each year assist those organisations that provide care and support for people whom at times are more vulnerable due to life situations,' said club PRO Sarah Wray.
‘Our club members strive to enhance the lives of people through their fundraising activities and this is what being a Soroptimist member is all about - women with a social con- science.’
Groups presented with cheques on Monday night included Bray Cancer Support Centre. The Centre is open Monday to Friday offering support, information, classes, therapy and counselling to people with cancer and their families. The services provided compliment existing medical treatments and while approximately one quarter of their funding comes from the HSE the centre relies on donations to cover the cost of services for the many thousands of people who access the centre each year.
Also present on the night on behalf of the Bray Lakers Club, was club member Pierce Cahill whom received the cheque from club President Gretta Douglas.
Pierce and his friends regularly enjoy the many sports and social activities available to members since the foundation of the Bray Lakers' club in 1989. ‘ The funds received will go to supporting various activities for club members,' said Diane Cahill. ‘
A cheque was also presented to Annette Plunkett of WH Five Loaves. This is a voluntary charity that provides a drop-in centre for homeless and marginalised people throughout Bray Town and surrounding areas. The centre provides meals on a daily basis and provides training programmes in computer skills, literacy and art subjects - which develops educational skills.
Gretta Douglas is the outgoing Bray Club President and at the A.G.M., following the presentation of cheques, handed over her chain of office and wished incoming club President. Katrion a Farrelly-Cooke every success for the year ahead.