CWA farm aid

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion is more than just scones, sup­port­ing their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and do­nat­ing money to var­i­ous char­i­ties and funds in Queens­land.

Port Dou­glas’s branch re­cently do­nated $500 to the ru­ral cri­sis fund, sup­port­ing Queens­land farm­ers in time of need, af­ter lis­ten­ing to a plea by one farmer.

Vice pres­i­dent Pat Dono­van said she at­tended a Queens­land meet­ing in Bund­aberg last week and heard his dev­as­tat­ing ap­peal for money.

‘‘The farmer ap­proached us and said he didn’t need money for food, for wa­ter, but for bul­lets – so he could hu­manely put down his cat­tle. It shat­tered me,’’ Ms Dono­van said.

‘‘Af­ter our meet­ing on Tues­day we put in $500 straight away to the ru­ral cri­sis fund, money we had in our bank be­cause we sell our cakes on Fri­day af­ter­noons and through our tins we have placed around town.

‘‘But we still don’t have enough, we would like peo­ple to dig deeper in their pocket and put money in the tins, and any busi­ness that would like to of­fer to have on the tins can call me.’’

They cur­rently have tins at IGA, who has been a big sup­port to the lo­cal branch, and also the Four Mile bot­tle shop and one at Coles, but need more help.

And com­mu­nity mem­bers can get in­volved by ei­ther do­nat­ing money, or pur­chas­ing their cakes on sale on Fri­days.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple think we drink tea and make scones but that’s not true, we do a fair bit more, we give money where it’s needed and as we make it, we bake the cakes our­selves, sell them and put the money into the bank,’’ Ms Dono­van said.

‘‘We sell cakes ev­ery Fri­day and also have a cake raf­fle once a year with Phil Hol­loway do­nat­ing his time as our auc­tion­eer and the money we raise goes to CWA not to us.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally won best fundraiser for that, against the whole of Queens­land in­clud­ing the big branches in Bund­aberg and Townsville, we won first prize.’’

The Port Dou­glas CWA also hosts a games af­ter­noon on Fri­days and money raised goes to­wards their do­na­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cakes or plac­ing a tin in you busi­ness con­tact Pat Dono­van on 4099 3169.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

HELP­ING HAND: IGA’s Den­zil Bignoux and CWA’s Pat Dono­van

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