Feb 22 2012 by Lynn Duke, Stirling Observer Wednesday
DUNBLANE Soroptimist Brenda Kay is hoping to raise enough money to provide a car for Central Scotland Police’s Young Runaways Programme.
Last year, Brenda and fellow Soroptimist Janice Wilson founded the Tartan Ribbon Fund to raise awareness of, and funds for, projects which benefit women and children with all proceeds going to projects which meet the aims of Soroptimist International.
Their inaugural fundraising lunch provided state-of-the-art Skyguard personal alarms to the Public Protection Units of Central Scotland and Tayside Police Forces to support victims of domestic abuse.
Following this, Central Scotland Police’s Young Runaways Programme laid down the gauntlet for the public spirited pair for 2012.
“The multi agency programme is such a good cause,” said Brenda, “because early and effective intervention can prevent a problem before it arises.
“If you can stop young people running away you can prevent them from getting into dangerous situations.
“There is much more awareness of domestic abuse and problems in the home nowadays and the project also gives support and helps young people address the issue that made them run away in the first place.
“However, if the young person spots a police car they are likely to run further, and using a police car for sensitive home visits is just not appropriate.
“That is why having a suitable unmarked vehicle is so important.”
The main fundraising event of the Tartan Ribbon Fund takes place in March each year, so that it also marks International Women’s Day, which is held annually on the March 8.
The theme for 2012 is ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures’ and this year Janice and Brenda are organising ‘Afternoon Tea with fizz, flowers and fascinators’ at Airth Castle Hotel on Sunday, March 18.
Janice added: “Two well regarded exhibitors will be demonstrating on the day, Sally-Ann Provan, the Edinburgh milliner, and Enid Reid, the Glasgow florist. Sally-Ann is a Scottish milliner with links in Edinburgh and London, specialising in bespoke modern millinery and accessories with an emphasis on detail and form. Enid Reid has built up a reputation over the last ten years as one of the most innovative and stylish floral designers. The Tayside Police Choir will entertain guests during the champagne reception. Everyone will also have the opportunity for some retail therapy with several local craftspeople attending.
“Each guest will receive a ‘goody bag’, but as 18 March is also Mother’s Day, any mother who attends with her daughter will receive a little something extra to mark the occasion.”
You can keep up to date with developments on the Tartan Ribbon Fund on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/Tartan Ribbon Fund.
Tickets for the event cost £30 each, and can be obtained from Janice (e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01764 652532), or Brenda (e-mail, email@example.com or phone 07708 922 452). More information about Soroptimist Internationalcan be found at www.sigbi.org.