Big celebration: CWA president Pam Dein and life-time member, Jean Geyer cut the birthday cake to celebrate 78 years of the Association in Wauchope.The Countrywomen’s Association held a specialcelebration last week in Wauchope for their 78thbirthday.

Helping to blow out the candles was local lady, Jean Geyer,a life member of the CWA, a patron of the Association, and90 years young.

“I’ve been in the CWA for 50 years,” she said proudly, wearing her CWA 50thmedal.

“There are so many things you can do -cookery, any handicraft you like,drama and singing, and each year, we study two different things.

“This year, it’s blueberries and cedar trees.”

Jean has written and directed plays, and acted in them. “We have such a lot of fun,” she said.

The CWA in Wauchope would love to see more members.

Their knitters and quilters meet every Monday at 10am in their building beside the libraryto make Wrap With Love blankets for people in the Third World.

They’re grateful to ‘ghost knitters’ who knit squares for quilts and leave them at members’ doors. And to Pearson’s Transport in Port Macquarie who bring the finished quilts to Sydney to be sent abroad.

Guest speakers at the birthday lunch were Colleen and Gary Waterson from Blaze Aid, who help needy farmers.

After natural disasters, Blaze Aid volunteers help farmers recover physically and emotionally.

Colleen said: “We help them build fences and we help with their mental state. The suicide rate is high.”

Blaze Aid has 7000 volunteers across Australia, mostly grey nomads who are over 65 and are prepared to travel.

They organise a camp and have co-ordinaters who instruct the volunteers.

Colleen and Gary have done five camps all around Australia. “It’s so rewarding. We now do farm sits, as well, so that farmers can get a break,” she said.

The charity gets a lot of donations andvolunteers give up their precious time to help others.

If you’re interested in joining or helping the CWA, please ring Pam Dein on 65853736.

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