Celebrating a century of helping to sew the social fabric


By Mitch Gaynor

QUEENSLAND’S largest and most wide-spread women’s organisation, the QCWA, is celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year with a huge calendar of events to mark the occasion and recognise the incredible work of its members.

The organisation was formed in 1922 with the vision of seeing the women  come together to support communities while celebrating their interests and forging friendships in a respectful and caring environment.

QCWA Beerwah President Debbie Ives said she was proud to see her organisation going strong in 2022 and bouncing back from Covid with a host of events in the year ahead including the return of monthly markets at the town green.

“We are so lucky to have a dynamic and caring group of members who all share in their passion to create a stronger sense of community,” Debbie said.

Last week GC&M news caught up with Beerwah members who were sewing kits for kids for children in South Pacific nations as well as care packs for women needing assistance through DV Connect.

“Social connections are key to our branch’s philosophy to help each other, share skills, to connect and have fun,” Debbie said.

Among the centenary celebrations are a local photography contest (closing March 31) and Harmony Day (March 21) at My Dilly Bag, Forest Glen.

They are also excited to be launching their 2023 13-month Centenary Calendar.

The calendar will be photographed locally to capture iconic locations within our region including the Glass House Mountains, Ewen Maddock Dam and local pineapple plantations. Photographs will be depicted in a 1920s theme and launched in August.

Debbie said the organisation was keen to secure sponsorships to help make the calendar a success.

Props were also needed for the photo shoots with 1920s-style clothing, sewing machines and accessories, cookbooks, vintage wheelchairs and cameras required.  The calendar will be launched with the Centenary Scone Festival on August 11.

The QCWA’s 100th anniversary launch is in Brisbane on March 30. Contact qcwabeerwah@gmail.com for  details.

Main image: Members of QCWA Beerwah at their community hall

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