District Chairman's Charities
This year my charities will be School in a Bag (SiaB) and our 20:20 Mission. Both charities are local to our area.
I have worked alongside School in a Bag since its inception 10 years ago and on its launch day was one of the first to pack a haversack. This is such a worthwhile charity and every penny which is donated goes to providing more haversacks. So far, just over 111,500 bags have been provided and sent to 44 countries all over the world giving the necessary tools to enable children to attend school and have a life line out of poverty and hardship. The school bag also provides some stability to those children affected by war or natural disasters.
Last year Inner Wheel was 96 years old so as a District we raised enough money to buy 96 school bags at £20 each.
One of the students, Hannah, who worked at SiaB at Home farm went to Nepal to work alongside Jimmi, the person in charge of SiaB events there. Hannah set up a group of ladies in Katmandu to make the sanitary products we provided for through our 20:20Mission.
Our 20:20 Mission's aim is to provide sustainable sanitary wear for girls and ladies and to ensure that the girls do not miss out on their education by having to be absent from school for a week whilst they have their periods. We run alongside SiaB and Water Survival Boxes who are also locally based based. Water Survival Boxes put the sanitary goods directly into the boxes which are then sent to disaster areas all over the world. The sanitary wear for these boxes is made by a group of ladies based in Frome.
I hope that you will all support both of these worthwhile charities.
I know that TOGETHER WE CAN!