The Country Women's Association help fire and drought victims

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN: CWA's Delma Robson and Sonia Bowers collect for drought and fire-affected families.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN: CWA's Delma Robson and Sonia Bowers collect for drought and fire-affected families.

The Country Women's Association advance the rights of women, families and communities, especially in regional, rural and remote Australia, and locally, they are reaching out to people affected by bushfires and drought.

Last Saturday, Sonia Bowers from Wauchope CWA and other volunteers held out buckets at the donut between Port Macquarie and Wauchope collecting for the CWA drought and fire appeal.

"The response has been fantastic," said Sonia.

Delma Robson, group president from the Mid North Coast, said the CWA has already paid out an impressive $15.5m to drought-stricken farming families across Australia over the past year or so.

"That fund is a bit reduced now, and we're collecting more to help the farming families, but also families affected by fires can apply for assistance from the CWA. Go to www.cwansw.org.au and ask for a certain amount of money and explain why they want it," she said.

"We thank everyone who donates and wish them happy travelling. It's amazing the number of people thanking us for standing by the side of the road collecting so we've been thrilled both ways.

"It's not a chore for us. CWA is women helping women and that's the whole point of us being here," she added.

To join Wauchope CWA, go to their Facebook page.

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