A tribute to local ladies for International Women’s Day 2024

Tea Gardens Red Cross happens to be all ladies, who have done so much for local and international causes.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and News Of The Area wishes to pay a small tribute to local ladies who have given their time to national and international endeavours.

NOTA has had the privilege of covering the events and initiatives of several formal and informal women’s groups in the Myall Coast region, all of whom have shown their strong will to make the world a better place.

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The Tea Gardens Red Cross, which happens to boast all-female membership (though not necessarily a women-only group), turns 89 years old in 2024, and has actively supported both international and local charities, including Trauma Teddies and the Psychological First Aid program.

“As a local group in our community we appreciate the support we receive and along with the funds we raise for Red Cross, it’s wonderful that we can also support our local organisations – mostly our fundraising involves cooking up a storm, and we would love for more women and men to join us, working for a common cause called ‘humanity’,” said Tea Gardens Red Cross President Helen Janes.

Myall River VIEW Club started on a rainy day at the Hawks Nest Golf Club 26 years ago.

Their close association with The Smith Family has seen them make clothes and gifts for kids in need, as well as running annual fundraisers to help Australian kids get a good start on their education.

Local legend Dorothy Thompson, who became the local VIEW Club’s first Vice President, came up with the ‘Myall River’ name as members came from all over Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens, and up the river to Bulahdelah.

“We used to make kids clothes for the Smith Family Camp on Gams Rd – which allowed many kids their first chance to see the ocean, among other charitable services,” Dorothy told NOTA.

“Today, many more kids are helped, we have seven special children we assist directly,” Dorothy added.

Zonta Hunter Newcastle has raised money for United Nations projects, UNICEF, and supporting humanitarian efforts, rescuing child-brides and supporting education in developing countries.

President Kate McGee, whose members are also active within Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, said, “Basically, IWD is about looking at the rights of women, what’s been achieved and what hasn’t been achieved yet.”

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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