Bray Sorop­ti­mists boost cof­fers of lo­cal char­i­ties

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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