Thanks to the generosity of shoppers at Bulmers Gifts in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance, The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of Victoria East Gippsland group is in a good position for its next ‘Drop in and have a Cuppa’ gathering at Johnsonville Hall on October 29.
On the counter of both Bulmers stores are various collection tins for local charities, including one collecting gold coin donations when items purchased in store are gift wrapped. Proceeds from the wrapping service are donated to a selected charity for a period, previous recipients including local ambulances, fire brigades and the hospital.
Having been involved in Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale campaign as well as the Hay Bale Sale in March, when many Main Street, Bairnsdale, stores offered discounts and donated a percentage of sales to the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale’s farmer assistance program, the staff at Bulmers wanted to continue supporting East Gippsland farmers.
“We always donate to a local thing, and continuing to help the farmers in need is important,” store owner, Theo Coucoulas, said.
“We speak to a lot of women farmers, and men, who come in and say it’s the women who tend to take a back seat when it comes to assistance through the drought,” Vanessa Britton, at the Bairnsdale store, said.
“For around the past six months we’ve been collecting for CWA East Gippsland. They are the women on the ground and know what’s going down in the community,” Theo said.
Across those months customers have been popping more than gold coins in the tin for CWA.
“When people know where the money is going some will pull out a 20 dollar note and pop it in, knowing it’s going to a good cause,” Vanessa said.
Last week, CWA East Gippsland group president, Joanne Alderman, was pleased to accept not only a packet with $2616.30 but also four $50 vouchers to be used in either of the Bulmers stores.
“This donation is greatly appreciated and will go towards another ‘Drop in and have a Cuppa’ day,” Joanne said.
These days are wonderful opportunities for members of the public, particularly women farmers and farmers’ wives, to have some time off-farm and enjoy a chat and cuppa with like-minded people.
The next Drop in and have a Cuppa day will be held at the Johnsonville Hall on Tuesday, October 29, from 11am to 3pm, and will be presented in conjunction with the new Twin Rivers Men’s Shed.
Anyone attending the day can enjoy a cuppa while they chat with the women of CWA about how to apply for the CWA relief grant, eat delicious home baked goods, and simply enjoy some great company away from the farm.
CWA membership is not necessary to take part, but if you are interested in joining, the ladies will be more than happy to chat about that too.
CWA members volunteer to assist in times of need, are involved in understanding issues impacting on their communities, and advocate for change, learning and sharing new skills and creating life long friendships.
PICTURED: CWA East Gippsland group president, Joanne Alderman (second from left), was pleased to accept a donation of $2616.30, together with four $50 Bulmers Gifts vouchers, from Bulmers Gifts’ Maria Calabro, Theo Coucoulas and Vanessa Britton.