On Sunday 14th May, the Gregory Branch organised and facilitated a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Domestic & Family Violence Awareness and Support Event.
The event was held at Doomadgee, an aboriginal community approximately 170kms northwest of Gregory.
We were overwhelmed with the response to our flyers, posters and verbal promotions around the lower Gulf – 110 ladies flooded through the doors!
Thanks to funding received from the Department of Communities for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and support received from Regional Express Airlines, Doomadgee Roadhouse, Doomadgee Retail Store and the Doomadgee Police Social Club, we were able to present a well catered event with a guest speaker, therapist and hypnotherapist, Susan Jones, from Melbourne.
Many thanks also to the members that baked up a storm and/or helped on the day! It was a lot of work, but well worth it!
Every lady received a gift bag with information about Domestic and Family Violence plus a fresh red rose. This is quite novel for our neck of the woods with the nearest florist being a six hour drive away – but in this case, the roses were flown in and made it unscathed. We had several women comment that they had never actually ever seen a fresh red rose!
We also released a plastic credit card sized information card with local contact numbers for help and support. This was very gratefully received and additional cards were given to service providers who could hand out as required.
Due to the level of support for the event, we ended up having just over $1000 left. So Department of Communities have asked if we will use the remaining funding to hold another event or events, perhaps on a smaller scale, in the community – maybe a Men’s BBQ or a Family Evening…
All in all, a very positive experience that not only helped women in our area but also helped us understand domestic and family violence and it’s many guises.
By Debra Pinkerton, QCWA Mermaid Beach Publicity Officer
Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc in Queensland and northern NSW in late March. In the Tweed area, the local community was rocked by the tragic deaths of five people, including a mother and her two young children. Several QCWA Mermaid Beach members, affectionately nicknamed Southern Belles, quickly made arrangements with Jenny McKewn, Principal of Tumbulgum Public School and within 72 hours delivered trauma teddies to every child in the school. Needless to say there were lots of grateful tears and smiles as the Belles handed their gift to staff and students.
Our trauma teddies project has been a great success. In 2016, over 420 trauma teddies were donated to Gold Coast Private Hospital, while others were given to the University hospital and the Mermaid Beach Medical Centre Pathology Unit. Last December, we made a special trauma teddies Christmas delivery to Gold Coast Private Hospital which enabled Santa, escorted by Gold Coast reporter Nicole Rowles, to surprise and delight many young patients. But it’s not just the festive season when these dedicated knitters slip their purls. Apart from the Tumbulgum school gift this month, another 92 teddies were delivered to Gold Coast Hospital in March with a further 30 teddies in the process of being stitched together so the branch is well on its way to reaching its 2017 goal of 500 teddies.
By Maureen Brook, Secretary
Yandina Branch hosted a High Tea fundraising event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The 40 attendees enjoyed a wide variety of tasty and beautifully presented savoury and sweet treats prepared by the QCWA members. As well as socialising the ladies were treated to coffee tasting after a talk by Jo Bennett of Yandina’s Pioneer Coffee Roastery highlighting the Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative of Sumatra. Our second guest speaker, Kerrie Atherton, founder of Empower Life Solutions, bravely shared her story of growth from a traumatised young girl to the woman she is today. She inspired the audience with her positivity and sense of gratitude which she now uses to support others going through difficult times in their lives.
The Yandina Branch of the QCWA meets at 9.30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the QCWA building at 11 Stevens Street, Yandina. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
QCWA is proud to announce the reopening of our Morven Branch! After a public meeting was held in the area, several women have put their hand up to reform this fantastic community group. After a small break, Morven Branch is ready to get back to helping their local community and forming lifelong friendships between their members. If you live in the area, make sure that you stop by the next meeting and see what they have been up to.
Morven is a small town in South West Queensland and located on the Warrego Highway 665 kilometres west of Brisbane. The town area was taken from the property of Victoria Downs and set aside for public use in 1859. Morven has an interesting historical museum and a number of heritage listed sites and is well worth listing as “a place to visit” on your bucket list.
By Susan Hass, Marketing and Publicity Officer
Situated on a cross roads on the flat plains for the Darling Downs region our little inconspicuous Hall can be quite challenging to find if you are not in the know. However this little Hall was the site of a momentous occasion, Norwin Branches 90th Birthday celebrations.
Once our guests arrived (yes, they did get lost!) they had a worked up a hearty appetite and happily pounced on the beautiful high tea set up for the occasion. Around the tables everyone enjoyed sampling the goodies, catching up with each other’s news and renewing friendships. We are quite proud of our 90 year history and this was a perfect occasion to recount some of our more interesting adventures. We also recounted the story of our Hall being burnt down in 1973 during a severe thunderstorm, a scary moment in time as this was right in the middle of the Christmas Party! We were fortunate enough to rebuild it the next year and this is the Hall you can find today. Of more recent note we are proud to say that our little Hall was used as the set for the cover shoot of Ruth Magazine’s Autumn Edition. Coincidentally you can find this magazine at your local newsagent!
As the oldest and longest member of the Branch, Madeleine Ferguson had the honour of cutting the Birthday cake with the aid of Division Vice President, Shirley Platz. Madeleine is supremely proud of our little Branch and enjoys every minute of the time that she spends with fellow Branch members. We may only be a small Branch of eight but we are a close knit group proudly supporting our local community and we can’t wait to see where the next 90 years take us.
Members of QCWA Chinchilla Branch were absolutely delighted when Dulcie Graham received the Western Downs Regional Council Citizen of the year Award, for the Chinchilla area, on Australia Day 2017.
Dulcie has been an active member of Chinchilla Branch since 1950, this is 66 years of continuous membership of the Branch. In these 66 years she has been President, Vice President, Secretary and International Officer many times over and has great knowledge of the workings of CWA. Besides Chinchilla Branch, Dulcie has also held the positions of Chairman & Secretary of Maranoa Division handcraft Committee and is still a Committee member today.
In addition to all of this Dulcie also finds time to support Handcraft, Knitting & Crochet, Cookery, Public Speaking, Dressmaking & Photography competitions. Some of her entries have gone on to state level. Dulcie does exquisite needle-work and is always happy to share her knowledge with others.
Because Dulcie has been a member of Chinchilla Branch for 66 years we all rely on her to fill us in with the history of the Branch. Her memories of events are so vivid.
As well as QCWA Dulcie has also volunteered with Scouts, Guides, Anglican Church Guild, Mothers Union, Local Ambulance Committee, Chinchilla A & P Association (steward for 13 years), Cancer Council QLD (Chinchilla Branch), O.E.S. – to name a few. While her children attended school Dulcie was involved with P & C, Mothers Club and Tuckshop over a period of 30 odd years.
We are extremely proud of Dulcie’s achievement but most of all we treasure her friendship and her willingness to share her knowledge with others. Well done Dulcie!