Back again for tea

Barbara, Anne and Jean man the trading table. 242028_04

By Danielle Kutchel

After being forced to skip a year thanks to the global pandemic, Upper Beaconsfield’s Woorinyan CWA branch was pleased to be able to once again hold its annual Biggest Morning Tea.

A limited number of members and friends gathered together at St John’s Anglican Church in Upper Beaconsfield on Friday 25 June for the occasion, which raised funds for the Cancer Council.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Brett Owen was also in attendance with his daughter Maggie.

The guest speaker for the morning was Jeanette Large, CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives, a not-for-profit that provides affordable, long-term homes for low income women and children facing homelessness.

Women’s Property Initiatives worked hard during the stage four restrictions in 2020 to provide six new homes in Cardinia Shire for families escaping family violence.

Speaking at the morning tea, Ms Large thanked Cardinia Shire Council for its assistance with the project.

Guests at the morning tea were treated to a raffle and trading table with funds raised going to the fight against cancer.

Many in the room had been touched by it in some way, whether as survivors themselves or through family and friends.

And of course, the Woorinyan branch members put on an unforgettable spread of sponge cakes, scones, sandwiches, brownies and more.

Branch president Tracey Kyle said it was “good to get the community together again”, especially for such an important cause.

She also thanked her branch members – a small team of approximately 12 – who catered for the whole event.

The Woorinyan CWA branch is always on the lookout for new members young and old. To find out more, call Tracey on 0407 810 271.

To donate to Women’s Property Initiatives, visit