Soroptimist International South Australia

SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Inc                   

Welcome to our club and we invite you to join us at our monthly Business meetings that are held of the
third Monday of the month. Our meeting place varies from The Holdy on Brighton Road and member’s
homes. If you contact us on you will find the information needed about our
club. Often at our meetings we have a speaker and we are involved in social and fundraising activities at
other times during the month. We are a friendly, enthusiastic and optimistic group of women who have a
strong focus on education and we are committed to improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. 

SI Southern Districts Club Projects and Activities


Flinders University:  Our club provides an annual prize of $1,000 for a High Achieving Female Science/Engineering Graduate to assist with her postgraduate studies.

Adelaide University:  With other local Soroptimist clubs we provide prize money for two female students at Adelaide University, one for Biotechnology the other for Gender Studies.

Literacy: We support literacy programs like Little Big Book Club for young children as the importance of being able to read cannot be underestimated.



● 2h Project (Safe Arrivals) in Cambodi a to reduce maternal and neo-maternal mortality. Our
financial support has helped in the training of Traditional Birth Attendants, many who are
illiterate and have learned their midwifery skills through trial and error.
● “ Sight to Life Project” as part of the 2h Project we have provided money to assist in cataract
● “Days for Girls” a project empowering women and girls worldwide by making and giving access
to quality sustainable hygiene products and health education 
● “The Hands on Project – this involves the purchasing and assembling of prosthetic hands to
victims of landmines in Cambodia and Laos.
● Sanctuary Shelters for Women in Fiji – assisting women and children who are victims of
violence and natural disaster. This is a project organized by the Federation of the South West


Ninko Kurtanagga Patpanagga (Southern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Unit) assisting
with the upgrade of play areas, purchasing equipment for the children, providing an area for the
women to meet and purchasing native food plants for the women to grow.
● Cora Barclay Centre – providing assistance to enable suitable books, games and puzzles for the
● The Southern Domestic Violence Unit – purchasing phone cards and gift cards for the women at
the centre .
● Hutt Street Centre – providing home starter kits for couples moving from the street into housing.
● Angel Flights – assistance for the transport of patients and career from country areas to the city
for treatment.


  • Minton Farm – a refuge for sick/injured animals
  • Trees for Life
  • Children’s Week

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SI Southern Districts News

celebrating 100 Years of Women in Policing

Our club is very proud of our three members who were former police officers: Joyce Richardson, Ivorine Waye and Kathryn Finnigan. Joyce, who recently had her 95th birthday, was working in munitions before sitting for exams and joining the Police force in 1944. Ivorine Waye worked in different areas of South Australia including the Riverland, Port Adelaide and the Southern areas. Kathryn Finnigan was the first female to be appointed to the Drug Squad and first female to be made Detective Sergeant at Burnside CIB. read more

Click here to hear Kathryn's and Joyce's story on SAPOL U-Tube

Supporting The Australian Refugee Association

SISD seek to raise awareness and education about family and domestic violence among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities through a leadership and education conference. We have provided $3,000 for the Leadership Conference held in July at the University of Adelaide. Our conference was aimed at helping develop the leadership skills of young woman aged 15 to 25 years from refugee backgrounds,

Click here for registration form. Registrations Closed

SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Present Prizes for High Achieving Women.

Lisa Alcock, Georgina Custance and Jody Fisher are this year’s winners of the SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Prize for High Achieving Women. Our $1000 prize is usually awarded to the highest achieving woman who has completed the first three years of the Bachelor of Science (Honours). This year, 2015 we have three young women who are sharing a $1500 prize. They were also awarded the Max Clark Prizes in Science and Engineering.
Additional prizes were awarded to:
Lisa Alcock for The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (SA Branch) Prize.
Georgina Custance for The Playford Memorial Trust: Honours Scholarship.
Jody Fisher, a Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation.
They are very talented women and we are so proud to be associated with them. We are looking forward to Lisa, Georgina and Jody joining us for dinner to share their interests, achievements and aspirations.

Also, last year’s prize winner, Diana Fusco, also received a Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation.

Southern Districts AGM Feb 2015

Many club members at our AGM held 16th February this year. Our Speaker was Rachel Nyiramugisha (pictured with members). Rachel told of her family's displacement from the Democratic Republic of Congo, her experience in 3 refugee camps and the long process and wait for Asylum. Members were moved by her enthusiasm, insights and strong desire to make a difference for others through her varied interests and awards.

Rachel finished Year 12 at Loretto College last year and has been selected as a Youth Ambassador for the Global Volunteer Network, for which she is helping to raise funds.  She is a very strong advocate for new arrivals from refugee backgrounds and is keen to incorporate this in her university studies in Arts and International Studies. read more about Rachel's acheivements.

Southern Districts of Adelaide Club is very proud to be associated with Rachel. The club has undertaken to support Rachel with her fundraising efforts and she will receive the proceeds from one of our regular Coles Bbqs, where Rachel is planning to come and help with some of her friends.


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