Funds raised by branch activities have been donated to state and local charities. They are also used for ongoing building maintenance including painting and repairs to external structures.
Members also contribute to ACWW by collecting Coins for Friendship donated to a variety of countries and five cent pieces for Polynesian nations.
The major fundraising activity each year for the branch is Bowral’s Tulip Time – the CWA café is open for the entire floral festival in September.
The kitchen brigade, floor staff, raffle ticket sellers and those in the craft room are all volunteers. The kitchen dispenses tea, scones, sandwiches and slices with much cheer. The craft room sells jam and craft made by members. The hours are long but the rewards are many. Look out for us in 2016!
What happens to the money, I hear you ask? Over the years, money has been donated to a range of local and other charities. Each year, the branch decides on which charities it might care to support for the coming year.
In 2014/15, Bowral branch donated to the following organisations:
• Triple Care Farm, Robertson
• NETS NSW (for newborn and paediatric emergency transport)
• Bowral public and high schools
• NSW Rural Fire Service
• Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
• Bowral Hospital Auxiliary
• NSW State Emergency Services
• CanAssist – southern highlands
The branch also sent money to CWA NSW to contribute to drought relief in NSW.
Money was also spent upgrading our rooms in Wingecarribee Street which are, like the branch, over 90 years old.