Harrogate and District Soroptimist receive regional good practice award

The Harrogate & District Soroptimist Club were delighted to receive the Mary Hillary Award for the Yorkshire Region. The award is the Soroptimist International Good Practice Award, which the Club received for their ongoing contribution to the Meru Garden Project and their innovative methods of raising awareness of Soroptimist projects at last year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

Their Kenyan Garden told the story of how women and families in Meru are getting the opportunity to be educated, enabled and empowered to be self sufficient and earn money through the sale of their cash crops. This is possible through learning good agricultural practices, getting the tools they require and being given on going support.

President Nicola said:

It is a great honour to receive the Mary Hillary Award. A big thank you to all the Harrogate & District Soroptimists who made it happen and to all those members who supported the project at the show. It was a fantastic team effort. I must also thank the Soroptimisters who helped and organisations locally who loaned us items for the .

Meru is a project by Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) in partnership with Child.org, to develop the wellbeing and status of women in a very poor and malnourished area of Kenya,

For more information about our Club and how to become a member visit sigbi.org/harrogate or email sihandd@hotmail.co.uk  and visit Meruwomen.org to find out more about the project.



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