International Women’s Day (March 2011)

Sunday the 13th of March saw a group of women from all occupations; gather for a Fundraising Party to raise money for the White Ribbon Alliance. The afternoon kicked off with introductions and Icebreakers led by Vicky. After the lighthearted intros, the Host, Funke Oham gave a welcome speech in which she thanked everyone for coming to support the event.

Heart-warming music performed by Mbali and Gifty brightened up the afternoon, as they individually took centre stage and treated the guests to lovely inspiring songs. Amongst the invited guests was Bimbo Fola-Alade who gave an encouraging talk reminding women that we can make a difference if we just apply ourselves.

Caroline Green, a representative from the White Ribbon Alliance, then presented a heartbreaking video with staggering statistics, which highlighted the plight of many women around the world who die “unnecessary deaths” due to shortages of qualified and trained midwives and well-equipped health care facilities. She then gave a speech in which she outlined the role that this charity plays in helping women worldwide. She talked about how the Alliance is trying to raise awareness and create a voice to get leaders to make changes to alleviate maternal deaths.

After the video and presentation, most of the women took the time to complete the necessary paperwork so that they could give to such a worthy cause. Some gave donations on the day whilst others pledged to make continuous donations. In all, the event raised £500. Before the end of the afternoon, the party observed a minute of silence to pay respect to all those mothers who lost their lives due to childbirth related issues. The afternoon then rounded off with refreshments and networking.

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