Memory of Alma lives on at morning tea
THEY have put on a few morning teas over the years "and we're pretty good at it”, but this year the Broadwater branch of the QCWA is doing one with a difference, joining in the Cancer Council's fundraising effort with a Biggest Morning Tea.
And they are dedicating it to Alma Faulkner, a 60-year member of the organisation who died last year aged 80.
The group will also unveil a plaque in memory of Alma.
Fellow member, Sue Boyce said the group has had many fundraising events over the years but this was the first time hosting a Biggest Morning Tea. As Alma had cancer, they decided to join in honour of their friend.
"The more money we get in, the better,” she said.
"It's our first bout at it, we're hoping it will be a success.”
Sue said she had known Alma since she was 12 and they were "partners in crime”.
"We were always going off to Warwick or sitting together in the street selling tickets in raffles,” she said.
"I miss her terribly.”
Alma joined the QCWA at the age of 20 and the groups hall at Broadwater was a large part of her life. Not only was she custodian of the hall, both her own and her daughter's wedding were held there and it was the scene for the 21st birthday parties for all three of her children, Don, Ken and Barbara.
She delighted in telling people the story of the days before the hall had electricity when, in hosting a morning tea, the group ran out of milk but her mother-in-law saved the day by milking a cow.
She always praised the QCWA, describing it as "women supporting women”.
And now those friends will be supporting a cause special to them and dedicating it to Alma.
The Broadwater QCWA Biggest Morning Tea will be held at Broadwater QCWA Hall on Texas Road,, Broadwater, on Tuesday, May 28 at 10.30am. Cost is $5.