Country Women's Association helping Port Lincoln people in need

CLOSELY KNIT: Jo Clark from West Coast Youth and Community Support (seated left) with Port Lincoln Country Women's Association Port Lincoln members Sheila Gardner, Cindy Ralph, Rita Bascombe, Helen Brown (seated) and Thelma Parker.
CLOSELY KNIT: Jo Clark from West Coast Youth and Community Support (seated left) with Port Lincoln Country Women's Association Port Lincoln members Sheila Gardner, Cindy Ralph, Rita Bascombe, Helen Brown (seated) and Thelma Parker.

The South Australian Country Women's Association is assisting those in communities including Port Lincoln affected by the cold with knitted gloves, scarves and beanies which are being bought and gifted by people across the state.

With no Royal Adelaide Show this year and therefore no Country Café and Pop-Up Market, SACWA is raising funds through its 'Pay It Forward' campaign.

CWA members across the state have been knitting beanies, scarves and fingerless gloves for them to be bought by people and then gifted on to people in need of warmth this winter.

Through the CWA state office in Adelaide the items are being distributed to Catherine House and Vinnies Men's Shelter in Adelaide, Loxcare in Loxton and West Coast Youth and Community Support in Port Lincoln.

SACWA deputy state president Davina Quirke said the first load of warm clothes are on their way to Port Lincoln.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark said the organisation was very thankful that Port Lincoln was one of the communities to receive the items.

She said the clothes will make a big difference to those in need, which was not just rough sleepers but also low income households who cannot afford to have heaters on all the time.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark (front centre) surrounded by members of the Country Women's Association Port Lincoln.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark (front centre) surrounded by members of the Country Women's Association Port Lincoln.

"Through our programs across Eyre Peninsula we'll be able to distribute the items to those in need," she said.

"When we go out to undertake a Code Blue, even if we can't find someone accommodation...we'll have the warm clothes that we can supply them.

"Having a beanie and a set of gloves can make a huge difference."

Ms Clark said thanks must go to the ladies of SACWA, including here in Port Lincoln for all the support they gave to the communityon a regular basis.

Ms Quirke said this project was about getting items out to those in need across the state and helping to make a difference.

"Our members are dedicated to the community and are working hard," she said.

"Any way the association can help these organisations, we will."

People can "pay it forward" themselves by buying a scarfe for $10 and gloves or beanies for $5 to be gifted on to someone in need.

People can pay for the items by visiting www.sacwa.org.au or by calling 8332 4166.

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