Group shares heartfelt stories

Group shares heartfelt stories

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Country Women's Association president Carlene Wakefi eld, Sandy Ingham and Hope Ingham. Photograph — Richard Polden

A woman reunited with her daughter, an organisation who turned 50-years-old and won the Clarice Rudduck Award 2019 at the same time, seems like the perfect excuse to celebrate.

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) is multi-celebrating this month after a number of achievements.

CWA Thornlie branch president and secretary Carlene Wakefield has been working tirelessly at the organisation for two years.

This year there are 17 members that meet every Wednesday to unite women and
strengthen the community through friendship, education, service and advocacy.

The oldest member is 89-years-old and the youngest is 45-years-old.

The ladies at the centre usually come together to knit, sew, crochet and do whatever they can achieve during the sessions.

However, since the group formed it was Sandy Rae Ingham’s story that captured everyone’s heart.

Ms Ingham was born with an intellectual disability and was physically, mentally and sexually abused for 25 years by her stepfather.

President Carlene Wakefield also took it upon herself in 2014 to help Sandy Rae Ingham reunite with her daughter Hope Ingham.

Sandy’s daughter, Hope, has also recently joined the CWA.

“The girls accepted Sandy with open arms and she has improved so much that she is now the tea lady and has learned to knit and sew since joining us,” she said.

“She is so happy now and this has completely changed her life.

“It has been a long road but well worth the effort.”

According to Ms Wakefield, Ms Ingham has never had it easy as she also suffered from breast cancer and also has lung problems, however she now says she is happy to have a place where she belongs.

Her stepfather Michael Ingham was imprisoned for two and half years.

Each year CWA donates money to certain charities in local areas and in the past they have donated more than $5000. To register or find more information about CWA contact them on 9321 6041.