TWO important causes are about to be put in the local spotlight, thanks to the Scone & District CWA Branch.
Like many volunteer organisations, CWA takes part in an Awareness Week – and, in 2016, the focus of the members is on domestic violence and Lyme disease.
Now, to lift the profile of both issues, the branch will host a special function at the Scone Sporties on Friday, September 16, from 10.30am.
The CWA Awareness Presentations and two-course luncheon feature guest speakers Joplin Higgins and Tahlia Smith.
“We’re looking forward to hearing from both of them,” president Anne McPhee said.
“Joplin is a lawyer, based in Singleton, and staunch campaigner against domestic violence.
“She travelled to the United States earlier in the year to review successful rehabilitation initiatives.
“She’s also demanding increased government funding for services and education programs to stem the tide of domestic violence in Australia.
“Apparently, the Hunter Valley Local Area Command still receives between 90 and 160 reports a month, so it’s an issue that resonates in the Upper Hunter.
“It’s important we make people aware of domestic violence.
“Tahlia is a Lyme disease sufferer; and she’ll speak about her journey to Europe.
“She’s still undergoing treatment, which costs anywhere between $600 and $850 a week.
“Early detection is vital; if Lyme disease is caught quickly, it can be cured.”
Mrs McPhee said the Scone & District CWA Branch was selling raffle tickets to assist both programs.
“Our members have been fundraising, in support of the two speakers,” she told the Advocate.
“The CWA is not widely known in our community for the actual work the association is involved in.
“But, the subjects – domestic violence and Lyme disease – are only two of the issues the organisation promotes awareness of.
“The raffle proceeds will go towards initiatives that address domestic violence, as well as Tahlia’s medical expenses.”
The cost of the luncheon is $25.
To RSVP by September 9, contact Sue Lewis on 0437 916 582 or 0428 458 146.
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