The branch donates both money raised and handmade items to be sold, raffled or used. Including those famous scones. Endless batches go out each year from the hall kitchen with its new oven, sourced with funding, and the first the branch has had!
The branch has a strong emphasis on sustainability and recycling with their products. One of their most popular has been crocheted sleeping mats, made from used plastic shopping bags and donated to Coast Shelter for distribution to those sleeping rough on the Coast.
Crocheted and knitted items also find their way to charities such as Ronald MacDonald Family Room at Gosford or being sold to raise funds. The Woy Woy branch have also been helping out drought affected areas including a donation to their sister branch in Pilligra, a small village west of Narrabri.
Most recently the branch has been looking for ways to utilise their hall and its grounds. They recently hosted BreastScreen within their grounds which saw a huge increase in both visibility and response. The MeasureUp van was next, offering bone density tests, free to those over 70.
Hosting these organisations not only makes vital health services available to locals in a convenient spot, it also raises funds that the branch can then use to support our community. Plus, if you are lucky, there might be a lovely cup of tea and slice of homemade cake available after your test!
The secret of the CWA’s success has always been the theory of many doing a little. Individuals can have a huge impact when they work together. The CWA is also about forming friendships and it is the perfect conduit to bring different generations of women together to contribute to their community.