Almost 90 people gathered at the Uniting Church Hall in Kiama on Wednesday, for the 2017 CWA Wollondilly Group Festival Day.
Representatives from Kiama, Jamberoo, Milton, Nowra, Jervis Bay, Moss Vale, Bowral, Berry and Jervis Bay Evening branches attended the day-long event to mark CWA Awareness Week.
Each group took turns to perform a skit on stage, often to roars of laughter from the crowd.
CWA was first formed out of a desperate need to help country women who were fighting isolation and had no access to health facilities.
These women realised they had nowhere else to turn but themselves. Within a year the Association was a unified, resourceful group.
With more than 8000 members across the nearly 400 local Branches around NSW, the group continue to focus on issues affecting their local communities.
This year’s Awareness Campaign – the changing face of families in the bush – resonates strongly with CWA members, because it is central to the organisation’s core purpose, which is to improve the lives of women and children in regional and rural New South Wales.
This year’s campaign focuses on four key areas; the rights of grandparents as primary carers of their grandchildren, encouraging and helping rural and regional women in starting their own small business; advocating for greater financial literacy among rural and regional women; and building resilience amongst teenage girls in rural and regional NSW.