Seniors Action: Inspiring insight into CWA work provided at latest monthly meeting

Jan WennekesMidwest Times
Lina Mittoni, Di Keighran, guest speaker Heather Allen and Jan Wennekes.
Camera IconLina Mittoni, Di Keighran, guest speaker Heather Allen and Jan Wennekes. Credit: Supplied

A May lunch provided a glimpse of the incredible work branches of the CWA do in our community, much of which we don’t realise.

Heather Allen from the CWA’s Champion Bay branch was the guest speaker at the group’s monthly lunch and gave a very interesting insight into the many projects the various branches in WA are involved in to help their local communities.

For example, the Coorow branch is fundraising to help support a family who has a child with cerebral palsy and Northampton and members pulled together to make meals three times a week for locals whose properties were devastated by cyclone Seroja — roughly 200 people each night were fed which equates to 2400 meals. The Northampton branch also does Soup Saturdays outside the local IGA and recently made small masks for children to keep them safe from COVID.

Meanwhile, Yuna CWA members, following the cyclone, pulled together and did packs of biscuits to distribute, even though some didn’t have much power. Also members from the metro area baked biscuits and Heather and her husband were involved in loading up their car when on trips to Perth. Five thousand biscuits were made with special notes and delivered from Eradu to Binnu and all places in between.

This is just a snapshot of this region but these incredible deeds happen across the State. The CWA receives no funding from the Government and it is self-funded by memberships and investments. They do work with the government of the day with issues that may be a problem in communities. They also support medical and dental scholarships.

Heather spoke at length about the excellent work other branches are doing, but unfortunately it would be impossible to put all the information into this article.

Suffice to say the CWA are a wonderful group who support the community and not just meet over “tea and scones”. Heather stayed on for lunch to chat to some of the members.

A belated Mother’s Day extra celebration was held on Tuesday, May 10 for the Seniors Action Group’s monthly meeting and lunch. President Lina Mittoni welcomed everyone. The card raffle winners for the day were Di Keighran and Pat Blackmore. Thirty-six members attended with 11 apologies.

Minutes of previous monthly and executive meetings were read and endorsed along with reports from committee groups. A special welcome was given to new member, Shirley Glover. Three other new members were endorsed this month.

Lina had organised a Mother’s Day raffle and the winner was Don Patten. Hopefully the lovely prize will be given to a lucky lady. Three big bouquets of flowers were won by Ray Blanco, Judy Kendrick-Currell and Jean Jones. Everyone at the lunch was given a gift of a small bouquet of roses.

Angie’s Bella, as usual, produced a lovely lunch. This time it was Italian beef rissoles, mashed potato, steamed vegetables followed by sweets of profiteroles, Ice-cream and fresh fruit. These lunches cost just $10 with a free morning tea at 10am.


June Lunch Meeting: June 14 at 10am. Guest speaker: Jenny Murphy.

Executive meeting: June 27 at 10.30am.

We send our deepest sympathy to those who have lost a loved one recently and also best wishes to members coping with illness at present.

Jan Wennekes is a committee member of the Geraldton & Districts Senior Citizens Action Group

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