The Forbes Evening branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) have again put their time and skills to great use by sewing masks for cancer patients. The colourful face masks are also available to the community for a small donation of $5.
It is not the first time that the ladies’ have put their time and efforts towards supporting those in need, in fact, since its inception in the early 1920’s the CWA has strived to ensure the survival and well being of people living in the country. While some of their earliest achievements were gaining access to proper education, roads, and healthcare in a time where such luxuries did not exist for rural women, the CWA has not tired of finding new ways to improve life and support the wellbeing of all living in the country.
The CWA is the first, largest and most significant women’s association in Australia. The earliest branches of the CWA of NSW demanded change in a male dominated world. Many of the things we now take for granted living out West were only made possible thanks to the efforts of the founding members of the CWA. In a time where life on the land for pioneering women often meant a short, lonely and gruelling existence, a small group of country women banded together and changed this, ensuring the survival of rural communities.
Today the Forbes CWA evening branch continues the legacy of the earliest CWA ladies by fundraising for disaster relief and helping to sponsor countless community programs. The Forbes CWA evening branch also supplies much needed packs for the women’s refuge and miscarriage support packs for grieving women in the community.
The Forbes Evening Branch meets every second Thursday of the month at the Vandenberg Hotel with a dinner meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.