International Women’s Day 2018: Dinner raises over £8000 for Syrian refugee women
12 March 2018
It might have been my last fundraising dinner for International Women’s Day before Brexit, but it was our best one yet with over £8,000 raised to support Syrian women and children refugees living in Lebanon. During the dinner, we heard a powerful speech from the founder of SB Overseas, Louma Albik about her charity’s work providing literacy and skills training for women refugees and schooling for children, giving them hope and helping them achieve independence.
Almost 250 women from across our region attended the dinner - despite the morning snow chaos! Dame Glenis Willmott, former Labour Leader in Europe and Labour NEC Chair, warned about possible implications of Brexit for living standards and women’s rights. Labour MPs Mary Creagh, Rachel Reeves, Gill Furniss, Holly Lynch and Melanie Onn also attended.
The £8,000 raised brings the total for the 12 years that I have been hosting these events to over £70,000 - all for projects benefitting women and girls in some of the world’s poorest countries.
This fundraising wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the women who have attended these events over the years, those who’ve donated or raised money in advance. A big thank you to all of you for your tremendous support.