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FOR more than two decades, the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion Childers branch has been pro­vid­ing a lit­tle-known yet vi­tal ser­vice to vi­sion-im­paired mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Each Thurs­day morn­ing, vol­un­teers from the or­gan­i­sa­tion col­lect the Isis Town and Coun­try news­pa­per and tran­scribe the news­pa­per onto a master tape.

The process takes a few hours for the vol­un­teers to com­plete be­fore the tapes are posted to vi­sion-im­paired lo­cals who wish to keep in­formed on lo­cal news re­gard­ing the Isis re­gion.

QCWA Childers mem­ber Meg Bust be­lieves there may be more peo­ple in the re­gion who would like to take ad­van­tage of the free ser­vice but may not be aware of its ex­is­tence.

“We have about 10 peo­ple that use the ser­vice but that num­ber fluc­tu­ates,” she said.

“I think there may be more peo­ple, young or old, that could ben­e­fit from the ser­vice.”

With only a hand­ful of vol­un­teers man­ag­ing the ser­vice, Ms Bust hoped there would be more peo­ple within the com­mu­nity with golden ton­sils who would be able to spare some time.

“We’d love to get more peo­ple in­volved to share the work­load,” she said.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

HELP NEEDED: Mem­bers of the QCWA Childers branch are en­cour­ag­ing vol­un­teers to help with its “talk­ing news­pa­per” ini­tia­tive.

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