President’s Message

April 2019

Dear Ladies,

These are unsettling times. The ongoing uncertainty of Brexit continues to rattle the nation with polarising effects. Further, it is hard to comprehend the the senseless and deplorable acts in Christchurch. I hope that FIWAL plays some small part in fostering understanding and creating harmony at least in our own community.

Thank you to all FIWAL members and guests who attended the Special Afternoon Tea at the Residence of the Iraqi Ambassador on 4 March — your participation helped to create a very memorable and successful afternoon. Our sincere gratitude goes to Mrs. Khawlah Abbas Muttair for opening her home to FIWAL and serving us a wonderful buffet of sweet and savoury Iraqi specialties. Together we raised £2540 for The Association of Supplementary Arabic Language Schools in the UK.

The Special Tea kicked off International Women’s Day celebrations and the week ended with the International Coffee Morning on 8 March generously hosted by the Australian Women’s Club at Australia House. I was so pleased to see many FIWAL women come together for this annual event always with very interesting speakers and homemade baked goods. A very lovely morning!

The next FIWAL event is the Spring Luncheon scheduled for Monday 29 April at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower overlooking Cadogan Gardens in Knightsbridge. Tickets are just £48 supplemented by FIWAL. There will be a short welcome reception followed by a three-course lunch. Our very special guest speaker is the acclaimed musician Ruth Waterman. Ruth will be presenting “Making Music, Building Bridges” through words and song. Don’t miss out — please register early to secure your spot.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Spring Lunch to celebrate friendship and understanding within the FIWAL comunity!


Laura Schapira
President, FIWAL

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