QCWA NEEDS SUPPORT
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.
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.