Falkirk Soroptimists still going strong after 70 years

Falkirk's Soroptimists gather to celebrate the 70th anniversary
Falkirk's Soroptimists gather to celebrate the 70th anniversary

Seven decades of the good work of Falkirk Soroptimists is being celebrated this month.

The women of the local branch of Soroptimists International, which supports local and global causes, gathered at the Community Hub in the Howgate on Saturday.

The event was held to raise awareness and funds for African women and display photographs which took a look back at years of charitable work.

President Rosemary McIntyre said: “The Falkirk club started as the war ended in 1945, and now, 70 years on, we still have over 50 members.

“We’re basically a three-generation club, with some members who have been with us for over 40 years. We have the wisdom and experience of older members, the energy of the young ones and the work horses like myself in the middle.

“I’m tremendously proud to be president during the 70th anniversary.”

As part of the club’s celebrations, members supported the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, a charity set up in 2008 by businesswoman Ann Gloag.

It provides a range of help and clothing to African women who have suffered from obstetric fistula caused in childbirth.

Falkirk members have knitted 1217 squares which can be sewn into blankets, 130 hats, 22 jumpers and five pairs of bootees.

In the past six months, and with the help of public and club donations, over £1200 has been raised, a sum that will be matched by Ms Gloag.

Falkirk members are also looking forward to celebrating at a gala dinner at The Falkirk Wheel on Saturday.