By Danielle Kutchel
Over 100 people packed St John’s Church Hall in Upper Beaconsfield for the Woorinyan Country Women’s Association’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday.
A door prize and a large raffle – with a sewing machine as the first prize – were only secondary attractions next to a table laden with baked goodies including the CWA’s famous scones.
A guest speaker from COTA spoke to the gathering about the Federal government’s My Aged Care service, as the scent of sweet treats wafted tantalisingly across the room.
Cardinia Shire mayor Graeme Moore MC’d the event, which was attended by members of the CWA branch and the wider community. Councillor Brett Owen and Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, were also there.
Mr Moore said he could feel the warmth in the room, telling his audience that today, “Everybody’s a dignitary”.
He said he liked to support the good work of the CWA.
“It’s one of my favourite events, and it’s for a good cause.”
Barbara Reid, branch secretary of the Woorinyan branch who helped organise the event, said it was a bigger success than the previous year, with around $1000 for the Cancer Council.
She said some branch members had been touched by cancer, adding a more personal and poignant touch to the morning.
“All the members made all the food – the only thing that was bought were the party pies!” she said.
She said the CWA was actively involved in the community, with every cent raised from CWA fundraisers and events put straight back into the community.
Ms Reid invited members of the community to get involved with the CWA, as they are currently looking for more volunteers.
“Anybody can come along and see what we get up to,” she said.
The Woorinyan branch meets at St John’s Church Hall on the fourth Friday of each month at 1.00pm.