Queanbeyan CWA hold awareness week to promote cause

Lori Mancell, Melita Benson, Lorraine Lasker and Jenny Birtles in front of the Monaro Street display are proud Queanbeyan CWA members.
Lori Mancell, Melita Benson, Lorraine Lasker and Jenny Birtles in front of the Monaro Street display are proud Queanbeyan CWA members.

The Queanbeyan Country Women’s Association held an awareness week between September 2 to 9 to promote the organisation and the community work it does.

There was a window display in Monaro Street outside Riverside Plaza celebrating the history of the CWA.

The awareness week attracted five new members to the Queanbeyan branch bringing their total to just over 30 members.

Jenny Birtles, publicity officer for the Southern Tablelands, said the awareness week was not only to attract new members but correct some misconceptions.

“The CWA is often thought of as outdated and something that only old ladies do but that isn’t the case,” she said.

“Besides the lovely old ladies there are lots of young women who bring change and continuity to the CWA.”

The CWA is the largest women’s lobby group in Australia and the members are actively involved in many community causes.

In Queanbeyan they support HOME and the women’s shelter. They actively campaign against domestic violence and support charitable causes such as cancer research.

Despite the CWA adopting the motto “more than just tea and scones” they still embrace the traditional activities such as baking, knitting and jam making so those skills are not lost.

The Queanbeyan CWA will hold an AGM on October 10 at the Ladies Bowls Club which prospective members are invited to attend.

To find out more you can email cwaqebsecretary@gmail.com