Car­ing for the com­mu­nity

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

The scones are cool­ing, the truf­fles have been care­fully rolled and plans are afoot,

Amid the smells of bak­ing and the light-hearted chat­ter, a more se­ri­ous is­sue has brought mem­bers of one of New Zealand’s old­est branches of the New Zealand Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Institute to­gether.

Four mem­bers of the Awa­tere branch are hard at work pre­par­ing for an im­por­tant fundraiser, one which they hope will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity.

A spe­cial Hats and Hand­bags fundraiser has been or­gan­ised in a bid to fund Awa­tere Val­ley par­ish nurse Rachael Westenra to work more of­fi­cial hours.

Jane says with the ab­sence of a GP in the small ru­ral town­ship, Rachel’s as­sis­tance is vi­tal in sup­port­ing older peo­ple within the com­mu­nity.

‘‘She does an amaz­ing job and is funded by the District Health board two days a week and partly by the par­ish but it would be great if she could be paid to do more.

‘‘She sup­ports peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and will see them once they’ve had surgery or hear on the grapevine if some­one needs help and just show up,’’ she says.

The Awa­tere branch was es­tab­lished in 1957.

Pres­i­dent An­nette Bury has been a mem­ber for three years after mov­ing to the area. She is a past pres­i­dent of the Kenepuru branch.

She say the group are al­ways keen to sup­port women’s health, with past fundrais­ers ben­e­fit­ing ovarian and breast cancer sup­port groups.

While the group has nine mem­bers, they are keen to hear from any­one else who might be in­ter­ested in join­ing.

Mem­ber Jane Hall says fol­low­ing the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Novem­ber last year, mem­bers of Blenheim’s In­ner Wheel club do­nated $500 to the women’s group.

‘‘We de­cided to use it in a way that would reach the most peo­ple and have sub­sidised the fundrais­ing din­ner at the event. Men­tal health and get­ting out and meet­ing peo­ple is re­ally im­por­tant and we try to help peo­ple get to­gether,’’ she says.

The Hats and fundraiser takes Hand­bags place on Thurs­day at 6pm at Sed­don Golf Club and tick­ets are sold out.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the group con­tact 021 264 7565.

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