The Inner Wheel Club of Retford is very happy and proud to announce a very special international award to one of its members. Notification was given by the National Chairman, that Mrs Marion Tasker has been awarded the International Inner Wheel’s highest honour, the Margarette Golding Award. It is a most prestigious award and a first for the Retford club.
Margaret Golding was the founder of Inner Wheel in 1924. The creation of an award in her name took a further 76 years. The standard for success is set so high that achieving this reward is extremely significant and is a true mark of work and commitment to others. Only just over 200 women worldwide have been given this honour in the 16 years since it was created.
Marion’s award has been given in true recognition of the work she has carried out for teenage school girls in Malawi and Zambia. Over the last four years, she has spent many weeks in Africa setting up workshops to enable the simple production of her own design of washable sanitary towels which allow the girls to continuously attend school without interrupting their education each month. She has helped the workers to produce other items like bags, wallets and decorative pieces which can be sold to make the workshops support themselves. Marion has also sourced supplies, suitable materials, sewing machines, even a bicycle and arranged their transport with the help of NPAC (National Police Aid Convoys).
Inner Wheel was glad to make some contribution to assist purchase of materials. Marion’s efforts came to the notice of the First Lady of Zambia, who was impressed and who requested her involvement in a further project. Marion’s husband, Alec has been a great support. The club is proud to offer its congratulations to Marion.
At the end of October, the Inner Wheel Club of Retford celebrated its 72nd Charter and welcomed members from other clubs in the district. The speaker was Emma Pearson, the founder of the club’s chosen charity, Joel, The Complete Package. This charity does worthwhile work to support parents in the loss of newborn babies and to help them with subsequent pregnancies.
Members have also recently made practical donations of clothing, bedding, towels, hygiene items and children’s clothes and nappies to Dominica, following the devastation of recent hurricanes. The club will have a stall at the Retford Christmas Market to support its charity work. Members wish a happy Christmas to all those who support them in their work.