Local Soroptimists thank Rawcliffes Smart Schoolwear for donation for South African children

16 November 2015

International of Harrogate and District has to announced that Rawcliffe Smart Schoolwear has donated 105 polo shirts of all sizes for children to support their Joint Project with Soroptimists in Pretoria.

Rawcliffes have already donated 20 book bags to the project that aims to increase the literacy levels of the most disadvantaged children living in Mamelodi in the Pretoria Township, many of who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

It was a chance conversation with shop manager Noorjehan Gother when club member Irene Kerr picked up the bags that resulted in such a generous donation.

A local Harrogate school changed its uniform and as a result the old style polo shirts were no longer needed.

Club President Sue Williams said:

These polo shirts will be very well received by the children who attend the after school club. We know they will get to the children because they are going through our own network. From our Club in Harrogate direct to the Soroptimist Club in Pretoria.

The Club is thankful to Rawcliffes for their support.

The shirts and books will make a difference. The book bags have already started their journey to Pretoria as Club members have handed them over President Laurel Becker from SI Tshwane Pretoria at the Soroptimist International Federation Conference that took place on the 5-7 November in Glasgow. The Club has also donated £500 to the project. This will be used to buy books and other material for the School.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women who want to make a difference to the lives of women and girls. www.sigbi.org/harrogate

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