Alison Payne presents the visiting psychiatrist with In My Country Kitchen cookbook.
Alison Payne presents the visiting psychiatrist with In My Country Kitchen cookbook. Contributed

QCWA rooms looking 'better than ever' after facelift

ALLORA member Alison Payne tells us about Allora's function on September 13:

"QCWA Allora branch hosted an information morning at the Allora Uniting Church Hall on mental health issues.

The branch was privileged to have as guest speaker a visiting psychiatrist with a wide range of experience in mental health issues having worked in both public health on the Darling Downs and in the private sector in Brisbane. Several topics were well presented with a particular emphasis on depression and suicide, very appropriate for RUOK day.

Questions from the audience were fielded with much thought-provoking information forth coming. Among those attending the morning were the local Member for Southern Downs, James Lister, and Southern Downs Regional Councillor Sheryl Windle. The branch thanks both most sincerely for their interest and attendance at this morning event.

As a token of appreciation for her excellent talk, the guest psychiatrist was presented with the beautiful QCWA's In my Country Kitchen cookbook.

Following the talk, a delicious and healthy morning tea was provided by the QCWA Allora branch in their rooms. Mostly using the recipes from the cookbook, the members excelled themselves in providing a generous variety of tasty treats.

In keeping with the idea - a Healthy Body in a Healthy Mind, the branch showcased the QCWA Country Kitchens with a display as well as the aforementioned healthy foods. In addition, those present had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the visiting psychiatrist during the light luncheon.

Although this morning function was provided free of charge by the QCWA Allora branch, unsolicited donations for the Public Rural Crisis fund were received on the day from some of those attending. All those present expressed their appreciation for the very informative morning. Thank you to those who attended.”

Allora is the oldest branch in our division, being formed in October 1922, less than two months after CWA was formed in Queensland.

Over the last year, the branch has been busy with the Country Kitchens program, a CWA 95th birthday celebration in the form of a morning tea, an International morning tea, volunteering at the Grafton Street QCWA tea rooms and manning a stall at the Allora Show to name a few of the branch activities.

However the major focus has been on the rooms. Storm damage required replacement of some exterior boards and a window while old guttering and boards had to be replaced after a water leak was found.

A Southern Downs Regional Council grant allowed the branch to have the room's exterior painted and problems in the kitchen were solved with a grant from the money made available to QCWA by the Premier.

This meant appliances could be updated, hot water installed and the meter moved outside.

Allora rooms are now looking better than ever and the kitchen upgrades have made it easier for members to cater.

A music program for preschoolers runs fortnightly and the members supply a healthy morning tea to the mothers and children.

All the best to QCWA Allora as it continues its service to the community.

The QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund has now given out over $3.2million for those affected by drought and/or experiencing personal crises.

Over 800 people have received a helping hand up.

There are many people in our division who have benefited and there will be a continued need for drought assistance for a long time.

To obtain a one page application form go to the QCWA web site www.qcwa.org.au or phone state office on 30261220.

The response rate is quick, usually only a few days.

For more information on QCWA Border Division activities contact Jenny on 0413841249 or jennywhitsed@hotmail.com



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