Go Fair: Soroptimist Club of Mandurah gets behind annual event


Marise Petchell, Leone Lucas, Linda Thorpe and Julie Whatmore. Picture: Jon Hewson
Marise Petchell, Leone Lucas, Linda Thorpe and Julie Whatmore. Picture: Jon Hewson

THE Soroptimist Club of Mandurah is one of a number of organisations throwing its weight behind the annual Go Fair at Bortolo Pavilion, Greenfields on Sunday, November 27.

The group’s Stellar Sewing Centre in Cambodia is now fully operational employing six women from Andong and providing the first skilled job opportunity in the community.

Not only does the centre provide a fair income for the women, it also means they do not have to leave the community to work.

Parental absence is a major issue in Andong and often means children cannot attend school.

The sewing centre is based in a re-fitted room directly above a community classroom so children are in school while their mothers are working.

The group is also including basic literacy and numeracy into the sewing centre training, so that mothers will hopefully be able to help their children learn to read and write.

Other organisations with stalls at the event include Save the Children, Mandurah Oxfam, Carolia Charity, Peel Multicultural Association, Philippines Support Group, Camacraft, Peel Youth Medical Centre and the Zonta Club of Peel.

Local arts and crafts people will also have stalls and there will be activities for children.

Go Fair runs from 10am to 2.30pm.

Mandurah Soroptimists meet at Sunbreakers Restaurant on the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm.