CWA is so much more than tea and scones
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARING THE KNOWLEDGE: CWA members and friends baked up a treat of sponges on International Women’s Day earlier this year.