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Entered on roll: 2013
CWA…over 75 years old and still going strong…
From handmade quilts for nursing homes and palliative care wards, making clothes for premature babies, fundraising for medical equipment, organising nursing home luncheons, and getting behind communities in need, the Country Women's Association (CWA) has made extensive contributions to communities in Tasmania since its formation in 1936.
An interest in giving community service and a need for better understanding among women were the CWA's early objectives. The CWA was an outlet for women to meet and work together. This practice continues today.
CWA members are quiet achievers offering voluntary support. The CWA has raised funds for drought assistance for rural families, families who have lost their homes in fires, local sporting teams, charities and lymphedema patients. Through the CWA's important fundraising efforts medical equipment has been purchased such as a heart monitor, 10 patient-controlled analgesia systems and a defibrillator.
The CWA support for communities extends beyond Australia's shores. CWA members provide women's groups in the South Pacific with funds, sewing and knitting supplies, children's books and educational aids.
The CWA is also an effective lobby group and was influential in the introduction of baby clinics, the installation of Accessible Pedestrian Systems (an audio and tactile system) at traffic lights and seatbelts in cars.
The CWA has given women the opportunity for personal growth and provided them with the resources to become confident in public speaking, to chair and record meetings, keep financial ledgers and pursue other opportunities. Six Tasmanian State Presidents have held the position of National President, Country Women's Association of Australia.
The CWA sponsors an annual Rural Scholarship as well as a Nursing Bursary to the best first year student from a rural area studying at university. The CWA has also sponsored a foster child for the past 40 years.
Fellowship, friendship and caring keep the CWA, which now has 560 members, going strong.