Moss Vale CWA numbers continue to increase

MEMBERSHIP GROWS: Noeline Short, Jennifer Bowe, Taylor O'Brien (girl guide), Doreen Peace and Michele Bernoth are part of the Moss Vale CWA whose numbers have increased in the past six months. Photo: supplied

MEMBERSHIP GROWS: Noeline Short, Jennifer Bowe, Taylor O'Brien (girl guide), Doreen Peace and Michele Bernoth are part of the Moss Vale CWA whose numbers have increased in the past six months. Photo: supplied

While many volunteer organisations are struggling for numbers, there are still some positive stories.

The Moss Vale CWA branch membership has grown about 25 per cent in the past six months.

Moss Vale branch president Jennifer Bowe said it was sad Moss Vale Quota had folded but was glad to see other organisations including the CWA going well.

“We regret the passing of Quota Moss Vale, but among many others the Country Women's Association, Moss Vale, community garden and the chamber of commerce are doing great things. And it all comes from our local volunteers efforts," she said.

Moss Vale CWA continues to help the Highlands community in many ways.

Recently members were involved with a function for a Highlands girl guide, and helped both Disability Services Australia and the Moss Vale Community Gardens with their functions.

“Local groups working together helps everyone and helps community cohesion for the benefit of all,” Ms Bowe said. The branch has donated items for African countries, stethoscopes for a third world hospital, and regularly sends items to various hospitals around NSW.

“Our work brings us to the attention of the wider community and one example is the hand of friendship extended by the Bowral school market's operator when we needed to urgently raise funds to repair vandalism.”

Anyone interested in helping children in hospitals, women with breast cancer, injured native animals needing pouches, girls in need in other countries, or making ribbon stars to raise awareness of Domestic Violence or even help promote the Southern Highland's White Ribbon Day in November pop into the rooms and meet some of the volunteers.

The branch spent close to $40,000 over the past five years improving its rooms and more work is planned.

Ms Bowe said the trees in Elizabeth Street are going to be replaced, so their garden will be attractive to birds, insects and bees.

Following damage caused by a leaking drain under the building, Moss Vale CWA will soon be spending a large amount of money to repair damage to the foundations

​”Our rooms are a valuable addition to our community facilities, and we are pleased to say not even an account as large as this will bring us undone.”

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