QCWA keen for new recruits
Pedal power to help eradicate polio
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