Sorop­ti­mists give cheques to char­i­ties

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

THE mem­bers of the Bray club of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional have been busy people over the past year, fundrais­ing for lo­cal Bray Char­i­ties – Bray Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre, Post Polio Sup­port Group Bray, Open Door Day Cen­tre Bray, WH ( Wick­low Home­less) Five Loaves cen­tre, Sui­cide or Sur­vive as well as the Malawi Girls Ed­u­ca­tional Trust.

Club Pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Wo­j­nar wel­comed club mem­bers and guests to the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion of cheques at Bray Town Hall re­cently, giv­ing spe­cial thanks to the many club mem­bers whom ef­fort­lessly or­gan­ised the many so­cial events dur­ing the year. Speak­ing on the night Pa­tri­cia high­lighted the aim of Sorop­ti­mists world­wide.

‘ To ed­u­cate, em­power and en­able girls and women, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many through­out the world and here in our lo­cal com­mu­nity here in Wick­low.’

The Bray Club also raised funds for their In­ter­na­tional project or­gan­ised by Sorop­ti­mists World­wide known as the B.I.G. ‘Birthing in Gam­bia’ Project – this pro­gramme is help­ing strengthen women’s health and safety in com­mu­ni­ties in Gam­bia by pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­sources and health care for women as they pre­pare for child­birth.

Hu­man rights and ed­u­ca­tion for women and young girls is a key aim in the work of the Sorop­ti­mist or­gan­i­sa­tion glob­ally.

Fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to The Bray Cancer Sup­port Cen­tre, C.E.O. Veron­ica O’Leary spoke about the Cen­tre which is now lo­cated on Par­nell Road, of­fer­ing sup­port, in­for­ma­tion, classes, al­ter­na­tive ther­apy, yoga and coun­selling to people with cancer and their fam­i­lies.

Also present on the night were John De­vane and Jac­inta Cawley of the WH Five Loaves, a lo­cal Bray char­ity whose pri­mary pur­pose is to fa­cil­i­tate the needs of vul­ner­a­ble and home­less people in the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing nour­ish­ing meals, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, lit­er­acy, in­for­ma­tion on wel­fare and hous­ing and most im­por­tantly a place where they feel wel­come. So­cial in­clu­sion is the foun­da­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mary Hack­ett, founder of The Open Door Day Cen­tre, lo­cated in the grounds of Loreto School – re­ceived a cheque on be­half Open Door and out­lined how the cen­tre op­er­ates on a daily ba­sis, pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties for adults with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties. Open Door pro­vides mem­bers with a vi­tal so­cial out­let and also the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills in com­put­ers, art, wood­work, mu­sic and ceram­ics.

Club Pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Wo­j­nar pre­sented a cheque to Joyce Hen­der­son, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bray Post Polio Sup­port Group. This group sup­ports those people who, hav­ing made good re­cov­er­ies from Polio, are in later years once more af­fected by many of the ear­lier symp­toms. The last polio out­break in Ire­land was in 1952, so most post polio sufferers are now in their 60s and 70s and many need help and sup­port.

Fi­nally Pa­tri­cia made an­other con­nect for the Bray Club with Africa – in pre­sent­ing a cheque to the Malawi Girls Ed­u­ca­tional Trust. The Trust sup­ports girls who are aca­dem­i­cally ca­pa­ble of com­plet­ing sec­ondary school and some­times col­lege but are un­able to do so for fi­nan­cial rea­sons. This year the club will sup­port two girls and hope to be able to con­tinue this sup­port in fu­ture years.

The Sorop­ti­mists present cheques from their year’s ac­tiv­i­ties to lo­cal char­i­ties - (L-R) Cllr Sarah Wray, John De­vane and Jac­inta Crow­ley (The 5 Loaves), Robert Barker (Malawi Girls Ed­u­ca­tion), So­nia Perks (Bray Cancer Sup­port), Cllr Mick Glynn, Mary Sav­age. Front: Mary Hack­ett (Open Door), Pa­tri­cia Wo­j­nar (Pres­i­dent, Bray Sorop­ti­mists), Joyce Hen­der­son (Bray Post Polio Sup­port Group).

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