Catholic women showing care and concern

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Catholic women showing care and concern
Photo: Wendy Shaw

A group of Launceston Catholic women has been praised for showing care and concern for those doing it tough.

Launceston Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members have put together care packages for Returned Services League personnel.

Members were galvanised into action after learning of the hardships of some former service men and women, as the CWL’s Pauline Heazlewood, of Newstead, explained.

“When veterans come back from active service, they can be changed people,” Mrs Heazlewood said.

“They have been through so much that sometimes they find it hard to adapt back to ‘normal’ life and their domestic situation sometimes changes and they can face extreme hardships.

“Most of us are ignorant of the battles facing some returned services personnel, both men and women.”

After talking to the president of the Australian Defence Force welfare team at the Launceston RSL, Nadia Titley, CWL members put together hygiene packs, collecting soaps, deodorants, razors, underwear, toothbrush and paste.

“One of our members, Tuppy McCann, who is a great knitter, knitted caps, scarves, rugs, socks, slippers,” Mrs Heazlewood added.

“What we collected covered a trestle table. Everyone was so generous. It is fantastic that we have so much support.”
Ms Titley thanked CWL members for their support, care and concern.

“Many people do not realise the extent of the need among veterans, and the wider veteran community, who face issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness and couch surfing,” she said.

The Catholic Women’s League aims to create a more just society through prayer and action, and has branches in the north and the south of the state and welcomes new members.

For further information about CWL, please contact Northern Vice President Jenny Smith at or past Northern Vice President Wendy Fittler at