When I met Jen in August 2010 to talk to her about an idea I had for a feminist group in Cork, I never imagined that 4 months later we’d have so much to celebrate!
Before I give you some snappy stats about how much Cork Feminista have achieved as well as a rundown of the accounts, there are a few people who deserve to be singled out and mentioned! I know I run the risk of forgetting someone but I think it would be horribly remiss of me not to honour the people who have been the stalwarts of our success!
On both a personal and professional level I give my most sincere and genuine thanks to Jen for agreeing to take the plunge with me on this project. She has been a fantastic partner in crime, is a truly inspirational woman and I hope she will be a great friend for life. Richie Keane also deserves a mention here and a MASSIVE THANK YOU as he was the one responsible for crossing mine and Jens path way back in Sept 2008.
To Emma, for talking me off the cliff and giving me the idea in the first place and for always keeping me grounded with an alternative view.
To Margaret, Colette and John who have attended all our events to date! It must be a sign we’re doing something right that you keep coming back! Special thanks as well to Margaret for helping us out at the November meeting when Jen and I were tearing it down the motorway from Dubla! Sandra McAvoy has also been a great support and resource to us. We wish you a speedy recovery over Christmas and look forward to seeing you again at meetings in the New Year.
We are also very grateful to all the venues who have hosted our meetings, to the guest speakers who gave their time so willing and to the wide variety of individuals and businesses that supported our recent fundraiser. It was really heart-warming to receive so much in a recession from businesses that we know are under severe pressure.
Finally, the biggest and warmest thanks to every single person who has liked our Facebook, sent us an email, turned up at a meeting, donated money, followed us on twitter and/or checked out our blog. It is because of your overwhelming support that we have continued organising meetings and writing Feminist Friday updates.
As long as you still want it, we will keep organising it!
So please continue to support us in 2011 and feel free to send in ideas about what you would like to see Cork Feminista do and we will work our hardest to make it happen!
End of the year always provides a great opportunity to say thanks and to look back on what we have achieved but this is not an end, merely the beginning of an incredible journey for Cork women and men to realise equality in the People’s Republic!
I hope you have enjoyed being a part of Cork Feminista as much as I have loved being a part of organising it.
Happy Christmas and see you in 2011!
PS Don’t forget our first event in 2011 is a book club meeting to discuss ‘Woman on the edge of time’ by Marge Piercy – why not ask for it as a stocking filler!?! We also have some copies if people would like to borrow them, just send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Stats (As of 12pm on the 12th December 2010):
- 3 General Meetings;
- 1 Book Club Meeting;
- 1 Table Quiz;
- 3 Profile pieces in local and national media;
- 109 people receive our Feminista Friday Update;
- 114 Twitter followers;
- 302 Facebook fans;
- 1,161 blog views;
Here at Cork Feminista we want to be open and transparent about the money we have received from our supporters. In the New Year, we are going to keep proper records and we will post them to the blog monthly. Here is a short breakdown of what we have received and spent so far:
- Cost of Room: €50
- Cost of flipchart and markers: €28
- Money received: €45
- Remainder covered by organisers
- No costs associated; no money received
- No costs associated; no money received
- Cost of Room: €40
- Thank you cards for guest speakers & postage: €10
- Money received: €55
- Remainder of money used to print posters for the Table Quiz
- Cost of Posters covered by surplus in November Meeting and own money of organisers;
- Cost of printing answer sheets etc covered by organiser
- Money received: €252.80
Balance at end of year: €252.80