CATHOLIC Women’s League of Queensland started their dedication to those in need in 1927.
Through prayers and devotions, CWL performs works of charity by raising funds for people in need throughout Australia.
The CWL has strived to be the watchdog to protect families, especially the life of the unborn child.
As means to raise funds, Card Days such as Bridge and Solo started in 1930.
In 1956 CWL established a fund to furnish a four-bed ward at Mt Olivet Hospital, which was completed in 1959.
A special fund was established to perpetuate the memory of Archbishop James Duhig in 1966.
The CWL aided the Darwin Cyclone appeal, drought appeals, Mackay Floods relief, Tasmanian Fire Appeal, Polish Refugees Relief, Overseas relief and Lord Mayor’s Flood Disaster Appeal.
In the early mid 1990’s alone more than $250,000 was given to charities and financial assistance given towards the restoration of the Pugin Chapel and the renovations of St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Publicity officer Margaret Begg said CWL continued to support for Catholic ministries, apostolates, and particularly their work for the dignity of women and children.
“Support is always there for the priesthood, seminarians, overseas mission, St Vincent de Paul Society, homeless women and children,” Mrs Begg said.
“Hospitality has always been a trade mark of CWL.
“Many will remember this as in the days of the Brisbane Exhibition when CWL manned a refreshment stall.
“You always knew you would get great value with a free smile,” she said.