Service to the Community
Our first National Project was Caring for the Carers and we established a Carers group in Clane. In 1997, the Club established a Meals and Wheels service for the North Kildare area including Clane, Prosperous, Rathcoffey and Donadea.
Our first fundraiser was a Golf Classic in May 1995 in aid of St. Raphaels, School for Special Children, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The Golf Classic in 1996 and 1997 was also for St. Raphaels and we raised funds towards a Garden Centre which trains students in horticulture and an Animal Husbandry Unit which teaches students the care of small animals, hens etc. This Unit was opened by President McAleese in 1999.
Since then the Club has raised money for St. Brigid’s Hospice, the Curragh, Co. Kildare. The Oncology Unit, National Maternity Hospital, Hollos St., Dublin, Riding for the Disabled, St. Vincent de Paul, Adi Roches Children of Chernobyl Fund, Focus Point for Homeless Children, Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise, Special Olympics World Games 2003, Teach Tearmainn, The Merchants Quay Project, and Barretstown Gang Camp.
The National Project 2002/03
The Soroptimist National Project 2002/03 was co-ordinated by S.I. North Kildare and consisted of fundraising for the Special Olympics 2003.
This Project raised 150,000 euro for the Special Olympics 2003 and was awarded the ‘International Good Practice Award 2003’ at the Federation Conference, Belfast, Oct. 2003 for Exceptional Service as a Global Voice for Women in the Programme Area of International Goodwill and Understanding.
Every year we enter local participants in the Soroptimist “All Ireland Girls Public Speaking Competition” which is open to all girls aged between 15 and 18 who are in full time education. This competition is aimed at helping the girls to improve their ability to communicate with clarity and confidence, and to encourage them to play a more active role in public life.
When “Promotion of the Arts” was the National Project the Club had guest speakers for members and friends to talk on Art Appreciation in particular the paintings of Jack Yeats. We also held a concert on the Works and Songs of Percy French and Thomas Moore.