Volunteers celebrate 100 years with 100 trees

By Barrie Hudson - 21 January 2022


Swindon Soroptimist Club has joined forces with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to they are celebrating 100 years of Soroptimism by planting 100 trees in Swindon.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls, with nearly 72,000 Members in 121 countries, and is marking its centenary with a global tree-planting campaign.

Tomorrow - Saturday, 22 January 2022 - there will be a tree planting event at Rivermead Community Nature Reserve in West Swindon, SN5 7ET from 11am to 2pm.

Member Jackie Webb said: “Light refreshments will be available  - under a gazebo! - and visitors are most welcome to come along and find out more about their local Club and Soroptimism in general and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust”.

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 6000 Members in 270 Clubs in 18 countries who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

Swindon Soroptimists have been in the town since 1960, giving service to the local and wider community.  

The Swindon organisation's array of achievements includes influencing a change in the law on pornography, supplying hearing aids to deaf children in Nigeria, providing over 600 books to Swindon’s Drove Road Primary School and raising £100,000 for local and wider charities.

Clubs around the world from Aberdeen to Jamaica and Sri Lanka to Indonesia have taken part in the tree planting, and to date 71,870 trees have been planted, with many more planned.


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