Hazel McCall, a member of the Hereford and district branch of Soroptimist International, recently organised a coffee morning and a raffle, to raise funds for Castle Green based water charity, Hope Spring.
The 87-year-old was inspired to organise the fundraiser, after hearing Hope Spring trustees Peter Dowsett and Temi Odurinde speak about the work their organisation is doing to help alleviate water poverty in disadvantaged communities in West Africa. She was particularly impressed with the menstrual hygiene workshop, and other period poverty alleviating outreach programme, Hope Spring organises for women and girls, in the places they work.
Presenting a ceremonial cheque for £200, Hazel McCall said “it is not much, but I hope it helps you to do more good work in Africa”. Accepting the cheque, Peter Dowsett thanked Ms McCall on behalf of his organisation, and said “every penny of this donation will be used to alleviate poverty. One of the unique things about Hope Spring water, is that we are volunteer run organisation, we do not pay salaries. so all donations are spent on implementing projects”. Peter Dowsett went on to urge others to follow the good example set by Hazel McCall by fundraising to support his organisation. He referred them to their fundraising page, where ideas and information on how to fundraise for Hope Spring water can be found.
Bolu Olorunfemi is a volunteer at Hope Spring water and SuS pads. She has being a team leader and team member at many menstrual hygiene, sanitation and advocacy projects in Abuja Nigeria. Bolu is passionate about contributing her bit to help alleviate period poverty. She loves participating in events and outreaches that help boost the confidence of young girls. Bolu is an sdg 6 advocate, she loves telling stories of communities experiencing water poverty. She hopes telling their stories will help in their quest to access safe clean water. She a project manager, content writer and google ad search certified. Bolu loves reading, watching documentaries and dancing.