CWA cel­e­brates its long history

SUP­PORT­ING QUEENS­LAN­DERS FOR 93 YEARS

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

THE Childers Branch of the Queens­land’s Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (QCWA) held its an­nual meet­ing on Fri­day, July 31.

With for­mal­i­ties out of the way and the singing of two verses of the Aus­tralian na­tional an­them, CWA mem­bers from across the re­gion joined Childers as its an­nual re­ports were read.

Childers branch pres­i­dent Rosie Shut­tle­wood read her re­port to the mem­bers.

Her re­port was well-re­ceived by the mem­bers present.

Mak­ing the jour­ney to Childers was State Vice-Pres­i­dent Cen­tral Re­gion Jan Street, who said it was a plea­sure to make the jour­ney to Childers.

“Our Childers branch truly does a lot of work for the com­mu­nity and I per­son­ally had to thank each and ev­ery one of them,” Mrs Street said.

Mem­bers con­grat­u­lated Childers for its fundrais­ing ef­forts and com­mu­nity sup­port over the past 12 months.

Edna Buck, sec­re­tary of Bund­aberg branch, gave con­grat­u­la­tions to the Childers branch for keep­ing things go­ing here so suc­cess­fully.

“We help by join­ing other lo­cal sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion such as the lo­cal am­bu­lance, hos­pi­tal aux­il­iary , Red Cross, SES, Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and women's do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices,” she said.

“The QCWA is renowned for 'be­ing there' in times of trou­ble and Childers branch has been at the heart of that sup­port on many oc­ca­sions.”

The CWA this year joined the Childers Fes­ti­val, where the vol­un­teers worked tire­lessly serv­ing tea, cof­fee and sand­wiches to the hun­gry crowds.

Pa­trons had a com­fort­able seat in the shade and away from the noise of the fes­ti­val.

As the CWA pre­pares to celebrate its 93rd birth­day on Au­gust 11, the Bris­bane City Coun­cil will light up the Story Bridge in blue, hon­our­ing the QCWA.

“We have been sup­port­ing groups for al­most 100 years, and it’s all pos­si­ble due to the vol­un­teers,” Mrs Street said.

“Our mem­ber­ship num­bers have de­creased over the years, and branches have closed,” Mrs Shut­tle­wood said.

“We need more young women to join us, young mums, work­ing mums, sin­gles, groups of friends ev­ery­one is in­vited.”

The QCWA un­der­stands the busy lifestyles to­day, as many mem­bers raised fam­i­lies them­selves.

“If you’re on your own, need a friendly ear, new to the area or a new mum need­ing sup­port, please join us,” Mrs Street said.

It can be dif­fi­cult be­ing new to Childers and the CWA will make you feel welcome and as­sist you any way they can.

The Childers branch of the QCWA asks the com­mu­nity to con­tinue sup­port­ing them for another 100 years.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

QCWA: State vice pres­i­dent Cen­tral Re­gion Jan Street, Ber­nice Maid­ment, Rosie Shut­tle­wood (Childers Branch pres­i­dent), Jaky Roberts, Rama Wil­lis and Jan Tay­lor.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

QCWA: State Vice-Pres­i­dent Cen­tral Re­gion Jan Street and Rosie Shut­tle­wood, the Childers branch pres­i­dent.

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