Around 60 farming ladies enjoyed a wonderful high tea afternoon on Sunday, hosted by Inverell Sunrise CWA at Freckles Cafe.
Coming off the back of their successful 'Boys Matter Too' event, the CWA group were discussing how they could continue to assist others.
Sunrise CWA member Jenny Thomas suggested, with drought conditions taking a toll on local farming families, to do something for ladies on the land.
"The daily struggles and hardships being endured by the farming community are so upsetting and even though we can't do a lot to help we can take their mind off it for an afternoon and let them know they're not alone by sharing conversations with other women experiencing the same hardships," she said.
After liaising with rural service providers and agencies, the word spread to ladies on the land who took up the opportunity to enjoy the free high tea afternoon.
An ex-Inverell resident contacted Jenny and Danelle Worgan offering a generous donation towards to initiative. A hay bale cupcake promotion was started with part of the cupcake proceeds funding the high tea.
Danelle crafted cupcakes to resemble little hay bales. The promotion was a success.
A donation from Mark Wilson assisted the CWA group to pay for a three-day break to Yamba for one of the ladies.
"Mark lives and works in the city now but still has a love for Inverell and the effects of the drought prompted him to do this act of kindness."
The 60 ladies enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of games, trivia and delicious sweet treats. Local businesses kindly made donations for the event as well as individual donations from Mark and also Barry Williamson.
CWA Awareness Week, held last week, was themed 'start a SCONEversation" to encourage all women to converse and reach out to friends and family.