The Newcastle Evening Branch Country Women’s Association is helping to provide financial support to community organisations across Newcastle by hosting a range of fundraising events and activities. 

Some of the Newcastle Evening Branch CWA members at one of their community fundraising events. L to R Jill, Jan, Barbara, Hepsi, Melvene, Jessica, Shaleigh (President), Phyllis. Photo supplied.

Newcastle Evening Branch CWA president Shaleigh Lennox said the branch had felt the impact of COVID-19, which had affected their ability to hold fundraising events.

However, this year’s setbacks didn’t stop the club’s dedicated members from thinking of safe and innovative ways to keep supporting the community and continue with fundraising efforts. 

“Our members are very clever and come from a range of diverse backgrounds and ages,” Lennox said. 

“It’s a really wonderful group of women who are wonderful friends because of it [the CWA], and we always welcome new members.

“The CWA always aim to help local organisations provide ongoing support to the community. It brings our members joy to be able to support the activities of these local organisations.” 

Mum’s Cottage is a not-for-profit community centre providing companionship and a safe place for mothers and families in the Hunter. It also offers parenting and wellbeing programs.

Sister Helen Anne from Mum’s Cottage said the Newcastle Evening Branch CWA donations allowed her to provide additional support for women and families involved in their programs.

She said she was grateful for organisations like the CWA, which enabled them to provide community-based support to those who needed it most. 

Some other organisations supported this year include Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Nova for Women and Children, Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets, and the Country Women’s Association Medical Research Fund.

The CWA is Australia’s largest women’s organisation. By supporting local, state and national causes, the CWA helps create change in the community while also creating a network of support and friendship. 

Newcastle Evening Branch CWA encourages people to contact the branch at cwanewcastleevening@gmail.com or stay up to date with future fundraising events on Facebook.

Hayley McMahon

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