QCWA NEEDS SUP­PORT

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JUST months af­ter cel­e­brat­ing serv­ing Queens­lan­ders for 100 years, the Childers branch of the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion may be forced to close its doors per­ma­nently at the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

Childers branch pres­i­dent Rose Shut­tle­wood said they no longer had the mem­bers to ser­vice the com­mu­nity.

“With only six mem­bers and no gov­ern­ment funds to sup­port the com­mu­nity, we can no longer keep the doors open,” she said.

The QCWA has cut back on ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the gar­dener.

The women have dipped into their own purses to pay the bills and pur­chase items for the com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery year the QCWA pro­vides gifts, ser­vices, per­sonal items and cloth­ing to fam­i­lies in need of as­sis­tance, as well as sup­port for young do­mes­tic violence vic­tims.

For more than a cen­tury the QCWA women have pro­vided a friendly shoul­der and now they are send­ing an SOS to the com­mu­nity.

“We need young new mem­bers, we need com­mu­nity sup­port and we need do­na­tions for Christ­mas ham­pers,” Mrs Shut­tle­wood said.

“We are strug­gling and we don’t have what the com­mu­nity comes to us for.

“It’s not ev­ery day the QCWA sends out a cry for help.”

The team has fab­ric they can share or trade with other com­mu­nity groups.

The QCWA is the main driv­ing force in or­gan­is­ing next year’s Childers Aus­tralia Day event.

“Aus­tralia Day could be our last event for the com­mu­nity and we need more vol­un­teers for that too,” Mrs Shut­tle­wood said.

For in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate phone 4126 3092.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

MEM­BERS NEEDED: The friendly faces of Childers QCWA pres­i­dent Rosie Shut­tle­wood, Rama Wil­lis and Jaky Roberts hide the grim re­al­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fu­ture.

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