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Soroptimist International of Circular Head is part of a global movement that demonstrates how small scale, local projects can have a huge impact in transforming the lives of women and girls.
Assisting, nurturing and developing sum up the objectives of the projects that the women behind Soroptimist International of Circular Head have been involved in.
The Soroptimists assist the Circular Head community by delivering Meals on Wheels and catering for events such as Australia Day and Seniors Week. They have, in the past, catered for the Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race, held Christmas breakfast parties for school aged children, and organised bus tours for older local residents.
Women and girls have been supported by the Soroptimists through the annual scholarship program, which encourages a local young woman to pursue tertiary education. This is significant for Circular Head, which has relatively low participation rates in post high school education. The Soroptimists provided transport from Circular Head to Burnie to enable young girls to attend career information days. They also promote local women artists by hosting art exhibitions.
Young people are also supported by the Soroptimists who host children’s breakfast clubs to promote good eating habits and donate books to school children and new parents.
Soroptimists International of Circular Head have been involved in a range of programs and campaigns including the Community Health Advisory Committee, Home- Based Postnatal Care Support group, Aged-Care Assistance, preventing violence against women, working bees to develop and maintain community gardens and Save the Tasmanian Devil.
Soroptimists International of Circular Head have also supported national and international projects through financial assistance and fundraising including for the victims of the Dunalley fires in 2013, Queensland floods in 2011, training for birthing assistants and midwives in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and an orphanage in Vietnam.