The 25 strong Uzumlu Ladies Group will be two years old on the 16th February 2013. The ladies meet up locally every 2 to 3 weeks during the winter months, and over an informal lunch, discuss fund raising ideas.

The village of Uzumlu is located some 20 km in the hills above Fethiye. It is a picturesque village that has become a popular location for British Expats and holiday makers looking for an out of resort Turkish holiday.

The Uzumlu Ladies group have been very busy over the past 2 years organising ‘fun’draisers, special quizzes, a treasure hunt, craft fairs and a 60’s & 70’s night. By far, the most successful event held was the summer Country & Western Night which bought 120 people together at the Yesil Uzumlu Restaurant. The fun evening which included everything from line dancing, a raffle and auction raised over 2,000 TL. Due to popular demand The Uzumlu Ladies Group will be repeating the event on the 6th July 2013 and, with the addition of live music, it is hoped that the event will be even bigger this year!

Monies raised have gone towards some great causes. A Mother & Baby room was refurbished at the local clinic in Uzumlu and donations and support given to the Women’s Refuge Centre in Fethiye, The Rehabilitation Centre and Mad About Mutts. The Group have also donated funds to Embrace Children’s Health Charity.

The Uzumlu Ladies have been invited to visit local schools, meet the parents and the children they have helped and see how the funds they have raised and donated have been spent. To experience this first hand is very rewarding for the Group and to hear how lives have been changed by very grateful parents and children confirms that all their efforts are very worthwhile.

A local business man has offered a shop unit in the centre of Uzumlu and plans are underway to open a charity shop by April.

The Uzumlu Ladies know it would not be possible without the support and encouragement from local businesses that have supported events, donated prizes for raffles and auctions and of course the local residents who come to support the events organised.

The Group would also like to give thanks for the support from FIG and FETAV.

As part of FETAV Festival week the group will be holding a Hollywood/Oscar night in Uzumlu on the 20th May at The Grape Garden in Uzumlu. Funds raised from this event will go to FETAV.

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