More than tea, scones
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.