CWA is so much more than tea and scones

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion is the largest women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia, op­er­at­ing on a lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional ba­sis.

Since its be­gin­ning sin 1928, it has been about women all over Vic­to­ria com­ing to­gether in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Whether it is to meet new peo­ple, learn new skills, or be­come in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the com­mon fac­tor is the aim to im­prove the wel­fare and con­di­tions for women and chil­dren, whether in the city or the coun­try.

State wide, the or­gan­isa- tion en­cour­ages ad­vo­cacy on com­mu­nity is­sues, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and so­cial is­sues.

As with most com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, the work done is rarely no­ticed, but with­out their con­tri­bu­tions the com­mu­nity would be a poorer place.

The Mans­field CWA be­gan in 1931 and some of their work has in­cluded the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of cloth­ing, food and bed­ding to the var­i­ous drought re­lief funds around Vic­to­ria.

Mans­field CWA has sent f ood and cloth­ing parcels over­seas for chil­dren in war- torn coun­tries and also raised money to buy an am­bu­lance for the Bri­tish Red Cross dur­ing World War Two.

On the lo­cal level the women fur­nished the nurses quar­ters at t he Mans­field Hospi­tal, lob­bied the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment in 1938 to build a school at Mir­im­bah, and raised the money to as­sist in buy­ing a car and car­a­van for the ‘Trav­el­ling Teacher’ pro­gram at the Mans­field Autis­tic Cen­tre.

Mans­field CWA has the op­tion of meet­ing ei­ther on the first and third Wed­nes­days from 10.30am to 2pm, or in the evenings from 7pm.

A monthly mar­ket is held, usu­ally on the first Satur­day of the month, where there is an ex­ten­sive va­ri­ety of home cooked cakes, pies, pre­serves and sauces.

Most of the monies raised from this go to­wards two bur­saries granted to two stu­dents at Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege to as­sist with the com­ple­tion of their VCAL stud­ies.

As well, bas­kets of hand­made and com­mer­cial goods are given to the mother of each baby born at the Mans­field Hospi­tal.

The CWA also sup­plies Breast Care Cush­ions given to women (and men) who have un­der­gone surgery for breast cancer.

Other do­na­tions are sent to head of­fice, where sub­stan­tial fi­nan­cial sup­port is given to or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the For­got­ten Can­cers Project, or the project for sup­ply­ing fresh wa­ter to iso­lated vil­lages in New Guinea.

The CWA is also a place for learn­ing, with guest speak­ers and the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills.

The CWA has some ex­cit­ing plans for 2018 and would love to wel­come new ladies to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested is wel­come to just come along and see what this dy­namic group gets up to.

Hope­fully, their ex­pe­ri­ence will en­cour­age these new ladies to join.

Meet­ings are held at the CWA Hall, 22 High Street, Mans­field.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ruth Row­lands on 0419 322 180 or Ros McKay on 0400 862 808 or email mans­field.

SHAR­ING THE KNOWL­EDGE: CWA mem­bers and friends baked up a treat of sponges on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day ear­lier this year.

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