QCWA keen for new re­cruits

Pedal power to help erad­i­cate po­lio

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CALL­ING women of all ages, if you’re look­ing for some­thing new to do and en­joy some great fel­low­ship then get along to the next meet­ing of the Port Dou­glas branch of the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (QCWA).

This is a piv­otal ser­vice group pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent re­cre­ation, friend­ship and fun to lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come as it brings won­der­ful di­ver­sity and much-needed help to the group.

Port Dou­glas QCWA vice-pres­i­dent Faye Hud­son, who was re­cently elected zone vice-pres­i­dent, said she had never en­joyed so many ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore join­ing.

“Be­ing a former Bondi girl, do­ing some­thing like join­ing the CWA would never had en­tered my head but since mov­ing to Port Dou­glas and join­ing the club it’s be­come one of the best things I have ever done,” Ms Hud­son said.

“Apart from the friend­ship the club of­fers, we are in­volved in many dif­fer­ent projects within the com­mu­nity from hold­ing ’coun­try of study tours’ for schools to po­etry and pasta evenings.

“This year we stud­ied East Ti­mor and en­joyed cook­ing and eat­ing the foods of East Ti­mor. Next year we will be study­ing Chile and en­joy­ing some of their ex­otic foods.”

If you want to join call Ms Hud­son on 4098 5770. ROB Byrne is one man on a bike and a mis­sion to raise aware­ness about po­lio by rid­ing across the na­tion.

Stop­ping in at Moss­man to speak at the Ro­tary meet­ing last Mon­day af­ter rid­ing over 2000km, Rob is on his way to Ma­reeba to con­tinue his quest.

“I’ve been rid­ing my bike up the coast from Grafton in NSW and along the way have been stop­ping at Ro­tary clubs and talk­ing to them and com­mu­nity groups,” he said.

“I have so far raised about $50,000 for end po­lio now (EPN) which is one of Ro­tary’s main projects and I spoke to Moss­man Ro­tary about how im­por­tant it is that we fin­ish the job of erad­i­cat­ing po­lio in the world.

“Po­lio was erad­i­cated in Aus­tralia in 2000 and the is­sue is fund­ing for po­lio is on the de­cline be­cause peo­ple have for­got­ten about it.

Along his jour­neys, Rob has met some in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and had some mem­o­rable mo­ments.

“In Proser­pine I met Doss, a lady who is a po­lio sur­vivor, she con­tracted po­lio when she was 28 and nine months preg­nant,” Rob said.

“It’s just an amaz­ing story about how she and her baby sur­vived and she brought up a fam­ily in a wheel­chair and now she is 94 - it is in­spi­ra­tional.”

To do­nate to Rob’s cause, con­tact the Moss­man Ro­tary Club on 4098 8244.

QCWA monthly meet­ing month. Sewing classes - 10am-1pm Wed­nes­days. Po­etry and pasta evening - first Thurs­day of each month, 6.30-9.30pm, $15 per per­son. Mahjong, scrab­ble, cards and games - Ev­ery Fri­day 1.30-4.30pm, bring a plate to share for af­ter­noon tea.

The sign says it all: new mem­bers are wel­come to join

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