This year, 25 November marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism, an annual international campaign that kicks off on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This ties in with the WI’s ‘No More Violence against Girls and Women’ campaign, something that is near to the heart of all WI members.
To help mark this important week, we asked WIs across Cornwall to hold coffee mornings or other fundraising events to support their local refuge or Women’s Aid centre.
We’re so pleased that earlier this month St Just in Penwith WI donated proceeds from their November cafe at St Just Farmers’ Market to West Cornwall Women’s Aid! Thank you, St Just!
There are two further fundraising coffee mornings coming up that we want to let you know about.
On Wednesday 29 November, Pensilva WI will be holding a coffee and cake morning in support of the East Cornwall Women’s Refuge. The coffee morning will be held at Pensilva Village Hall from 10.30am-12pm. There will be a bring and buy, a raffle and much more!
On Saturday 2 December, Gulval WI will be holding a coffee morning to raise funds for West Cornwall Women’s Aid. Held at Gulval Village Hall from 10am-12pm, the event will include Christmas stalls, cakes, a raffle, stocking fillers, preserves, cards, mince pies and a children’s tombola. Bring the whole family!
Thank you so much to St Just in Penwith WI, Pensilva WI and Gulval WI.
If you live in the areas covered by those WIs, please do go along and show your support for this very important cause.
If we’ve missed any fundraising events to be held by other WIs, please let us know! If your WI didn’t plan a fundraising event, please put it on your agenda to organise for 2024!
In case you missed attending any of the fundraising events mentioned above, please do come out to the ‘Take Back the Night’ march and vigil planned for Wednesday 29 November in Penzance. CFWI is very proud to be involved in this event and we would love to see a big turnout from local WI members. Meet at Wherrytown car park at 5.30pm to join the march to St Mary’s church on Chapel Street, followed by readings, performances and a candlelit vigil.
If you can’t make it to the march, perhaps one of the other 16 Days of Activism events will appeal. Please follow social media for a list of everything that will be happening during the 16 days.