Barry Soroptimists mark UNESCO’s Literacy Day

Monday, 2 October 2017

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In November 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8 International Literacy Day.

Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally, with celebrations taking place around the world.

0n September 8, members of Soroptimist International Barry and District again held a very enjoyable afternoon literary tea. Club member Mari Mantle organised and hosted the event in her Llandough home.

She provided the tea, and dressed her house with literary artefacts and books, as well as providing two Jane Austen books as raffle prizes.

Several members read a range of poems, quotes and prose that they had discovered, remembered, appreciated – or even in one case – written! Although serious problems were addressed, there were also humorous readings.

Proceeds raised this year are in aid of ‘Books in a Box’. This new venture aims to provide a book box for children’s use at the Food Bank and Atal y Fro, a refuge helping families to break the cycle of domestic violence.

It will allow access to books at a difficult time, when they would otherwise be very limited.

Following the readings, president Jackie was presented with two NHS sanctioned books: Remembering the 50’s, which will be donated to the Barry Dementia Services.

To find out more about the club, visit www.sigbi.org/barry-and-district. Members also give talks on the aims and objectives of Soroptimism to local groups. If you are interested pleased contact us via our website.

CD

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