More than tea, scones

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

It’s not just about tea, jam and scones — in fact it’s about a whole lot more.

That’s the mes­sage from the Women’s In­sti­tutes of New Zealand, who are hold­ing an aware­ness week from Oc­to­ber 8-14 to in­form peo­ple what they’re all about, says North­ern and Hawke’s Bay Fed­er­a­tion Women’s In­sti­tute sec­re­tary Mar­i­lyn Thorp.

The fed­er­a­tion is hold­ing a stall in Taradale on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, with the money be­ing do­nated to the Napier Fam­ily Cen­tre for their men­tal health pro­gramme for chil­dren.

The in­sti­tutes work within their com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that work with fam­i­lies and chil­dren in need.

“We also of­fer help in times of need such as the Christchurch earth­quake. We are there to teach new skills, make quilts for new­borns, knit for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren, do­nate goods and money to many char­i­ties — to name a few of the many things we do,” Mar­i­lyn says.

The vi­sion of the New Zealand Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes is to en­cour­age and sup­port all women within their com­mu­ni­ties.

“With this view we help and sup­port each other, but also work for the com­mu­nity in do­nat­ing goods, money and time to help those or­gan­i­sa­tions who re­quire it — es­pe­cially the ones deal­ing with women and chil­dren.”

Mar­i­lyn says the women show each other the results of the work they do in their own homes.

■ North­ern and Hawke’s Bay Fed­er­a­tion Women’s In­sti­tute stall, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12 from 8am, out­side Big Bar­rel in the Taradale Shop­ping cen­tre. There will be goods for sale.

Knit­ted daf­fodils by the Women’s In­sti­tute do­nated to Cancer So­ci­ety for Daf­fodil Day.

Toys made and do­nated by Women’s In­sti­tutes for St John.

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