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