MEDIA RELEASE

3 October 2016

Friendship is at the core of being a member of Soroptimist International

To coincide with International Friendship Day on October 3 Soroptimist International South West Pacific President Theresa Lyford encouraged Soroptimists to put friendship at the centre of their work for women and girls.

“We are a global family of more than 80,000 members and friendship is a value that we greatly cherish,” she said.

Members of Soroptimist International celebrate International Friendship Day on October 3 by reflecting on current and past friendships and in particular Soroptimists around the world should consider the true meaning of friendship.

3 October, Soroptimist International celebrates the day that the very first Soroptimist Club was established in Oakland, California in 1921, now known as International Club Friendship Day.

SISWP Federation President Theresa Lyford has challenged members to ‘Innovate, Inform, Inspire to Shape our Future’ as part of her term as president for the biennium 2016-2018.

“The work by SISWP members in the form of projects, joint initiatives, advocacy, raising awareness that is done in the 132 countries around the world is phenomenal and for those women and girls who have benefitted from what is achieved they have certainly been able to make a change to their lives, by being empowered, educated and informed,” she said.

“My greatest wish is that we will be able to see a marked improvement in how our clubs and regions work together to achieve the outcomes of being Innovative, Informative and Inspiring and I would like to see this reflected in successful projects, increased program of focus reports, pertinent and timely advocacy reporting that shows we are a part of the local and international agenda in our region.”