Carolyn Anderson cleaning up at the Allora branch hall.
Carolyn Anderson cleaning up at the Allora branch hall. Contributed

Grants allow much-needed works at QCWA rooms

ALLORA Branch members were kept very busy during the recent Allora Autumn Festival with their QCWA Café at their rooms. Fortunately they had a lovely refurbished kitchen in which to work thanks to a grant.

The weekend was most successful for the branch with funds being raised to assist with QCWA projects.

The rooms have had real facelift with the exterior being painted with funding provided by grants to community from the Southern Downs Regional Council.

QCWA is very thankful for grants as they enable the buildings to be well maintained.

Cunningham Branch is holding a Mother's Day function later this week, however the function is fully booked. It is a large hall, so there will be a lot of people there.

The first Sunday in May each year is designated as CWA Sunday.

This is an Australia wide recognition for and by members of the various State Associations of CWAA (Country Women's Association of Australia) and the communities they serve.

From the CWAA book, "The Many Hats of Country Women” by Brenda Steven-Chambers, it is noted that at the 1949 National Conference in Sydney that the first Sunday in May be the date if agreed to by the Churches.

QCWA has a Motto which is: honour to god, loyalty to the throne, service to the country, through country women, for country women, by country women”.

There is also a creed based on the words written by Howard Arnold Walters which QCWA members sing to a tune written by Laurie Annette Sterne a past member.

It is also sung to the tune of "Londonderry Air”, commonly known as "Danny Boy”.

Howard was a missionary who wrote the words for his parents for a Christmas gift when he did not have a gift to give them.

"I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave for there is much to dare; I would be friend to all - the foe - the friendless; I would be giving and forget the gift; I would be humble, for I know my weakness; I would look up - and laugh and - love and lift.”

CWA Sunday was a popular event in the year's activities but in recent years interest has declined.

However there are still a number of branches who do participate in their local church services on the first Sunday in May.

Emu Vale Branch's Biggest Morning Tea was a big success with 30 people attending and almost $200 raised for the Cancer Council.

This was Emu Vale's biggest morning tea to date.

Thank you to all who attended and a special thanks to Blue Care for bringing a number of clients to the function. Date claimers - Leyburn Branch friendship and games day May 19.

Killarney Branch international day May 30.

For more information on QCWA contact Jenny Whitsed on 4664 8083 or email jennywhitsed@hotmail.com


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