CWA in danger of folding
THE Evans Head CWA urgently needs new members, or the 81-year-old community service group will have to fold.
Age and ill-health have seen a fall in its numbers, branch vice-president Sue Ramsay said.
“There are no new members and with just four of us left, sometimes it’s hard to get a quorum,” she said.
Ms Ramsay said when the branch ran coffee mornings or aninternational day, it was often hard to get enough helpers.
“It’s a sign of the times, wherepeople are working longer hours or there are so many other things they can get involved in,” she said.
A member of the Evans Head branch for 20 years, Ms Ramsay has been involved in many fundraising activities.
“We’ve raised money for Vision Australia, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and the town’s surf life saving club,” she said.
“The last thing we did was todonate a seat to the new Evans Head Aquatic Centre.”
Branch president Mavis Nolan said the first meeting of the Evans Head CWA was held in Rosolens Hall on November 2, 1929.
“Members paid two shillings for a subscription,” she said. “They raised money by holding dances, raffles and tennis afternoons.”
Ms Nolan said their first fundraising effort was to build holiday homes for country families.
During World War II, RAAF personnel and their families were stat-ioned at Evans Head and the need for mothers with young babies to have a clinic was recognised.
So, at a branch meeting held on October 16, 1941, Mrs Woolett, president of the Far North Coast CWA Group, gave a talk on baby clinics.
The branch decided to form a clinic and donations came pouring in, helping the clinic to open on March 11, 1942.
“We also recently helped raisemoney to buy a defibrillator for the town’s ambulance station,” MsNolan said.