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Our Work Today

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Visitation of the sick, house-bound and elderly is an important part of the League’s work. On the other hand, involvement in social issues such as euthanasia, abortion, surrogacy, sexualisation of children, prostitution, charter of rights, to name but a few, are very much on our agenda. Our Social Issues Committee works diligently to lobby members of Parliament and encourages members to write to alert them of our viewpoint.

State Conferences, which are held biennially, are a vital part of the League and motions are put forward and discussed on matters of concern to members and the community. At the last State Conference, we chose to undertake three major projects during 2011:

  1. jueybazaar 350Juey’s Bazaar in Geeveston. This shop is operated by two Catholic mothers. The shop sells recycled women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. All money raised is sent directly to support an orphanage in Cambodia for abused children. Our members have been busy collecting good quality clothing from throughout the State to help raise funds for the orphanage.
  2. The Stitch Programme. This program teaches Sudanese women to make clothing for their families as part of the International Humanitarian Refugee Settlement Scheme at Centacare in the suburb of Newtown in Hobart. Our members donated cottons, buttons and lace, as well as material and knitting wool to enable these refugees to improve their sewing skills. Money has also been donated to provide needles and thread, etc. We also found some beautiful vegetarian recipes to suit the traditional Sudanese diet for the shared lunches organised by Centre’s coordinators.
  3. Red Cross program at the Risdon Women’s Prison Integrated Management Unit. At this unit, women are getting ready to return to their homes and families. Members of the League have been collecting magazines (particularly craft, gardening and home decorating magazines) and books for the Red Cross program at Risdon Women’s Prison.

Response to these projects has been outstanding.

Members work tirelessly knitting/crocheting rugs for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes and Bethlehem House for the homeless. In response to an appeal for singlets/jumpers for babies in South Africa, hundreds, if not thousands of items ranging from knitted dolls, beanies, socks, as well as the singlets/jumpers were knitted by League members and members of the public and forwarded on through philanthropic organisations.