Charity lunches or dinners seem to be endless these days but recently I was privileged to be at the Women of Scotland Lunch. You may think this is just another ladies who lunch but it is not. Founded 61 years ago it was set up for women in Scotland to network, hear inspirational speakers and raise money for charity. Over those years many hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for different charities every year. This year we raised over £25,000 for Bloodwise, which is a blood cancer charity dedicated to funding research into all blood cancers. But it was not just the money raised we were “entertained” by some truly inspirational speakers. STV Presenter Laura Boyd spoke of how leukaemia has affected her and not just in having the disease but the after effects of having a baby – hardly a dry eye. The ‘real’ Calendar Girls who did the first naked calendar and inspired the film, musical and stage production also gave a poignant and at times funny account of their experience raising money for blood cancer AND the tragic events that inspired it all. We were also fortunate to have the Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, speak which was inspiring, fun and interesting which really made for a thought-provoking afternoon.
And I haven’t even begun on the networking opportunities, the lunch and so much more. A truly worthwhile event!