Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today congratulated Mrs Cheryl Pearce of Kiama who has been recognised on the 2020 Rural Women’s Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
Mr Ward said: “Mrs Cheryl Pearce is very deserving to be included on this prestigious honour roll for her many years of involvement with Kiama CWA Day Branch,” he said.
“Cheryl has volunteered her time to organise the annual Rainbow Fashion Parade with the Country Women’s Association (CWA), Kiama Day Branch.
“When the Kiama Day Branch of CWA was formed in 1938, it was the only branch between Wollongong and Nowra. Aside from its fundraising and social activities, the branch was responsible for initiating and running baby health centres in the region and continued to do so until the 1980s when it became a Government responsibility.
“Its 80th anniversary in 2018 came at a time of great renewal for the branch, with a new evening group attracting 20 members, compared to the traditional day group’s 18 members.
“Cheryl has served as President of CWA Kiama Day Branch for many years now and has been responsible for organising many events and activities which have benefited our local Kiama community.
“I am absolutely delighted to see that Cheryl’s distinguished community service has been duly recognised and honoured in this way,” Mr Ward said.
“104 women have been recognised in this year’s Honour Roll for the valuable volunteer work they do across New South Wales.
“These women provide an enormous amount of support and are true treasures in our community.
“They have been nominated by others who have seen first-hand how their important work has enabled those needing assistance or local groups requiring help to flourish.
“This year’s recipients join a growing list of more than 1,000 rural women volunteers who have been recognised since the first Honour Roll was first launched in 2010,” Mr Ward concluded.
For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-womens-network/hidden-treasures.