CWL give a helping hand for Cambodia

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CWL give a helping hand for Cambodia

Helping others in times of trouble is an integral part of the faith lives of Catholic Women’s League members.

The Launceston group is busy collecting items to support poverty-stricken families in Cambodia.

Launceston branch president Jenny Smith explained that the group picked a cause to support each year, and members were heartened that their contributions would make a positive difference to others.

“This is part of living out our faith values in helping our neighbours,” Mrs Smith said.

“We usually keep things local and this is a one-off. We are also busy collecting food for Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal.”

The group decided to support the Cambodia project after learning of the need through fellow member Pauline Heazlewood, of Newstead.

Her son-in-law and daughter, Rob and Rachael Lewandowski, have been supporting Cambodian projects for the past two years and have another trip planned for April. This time, Mrs Heazlewood hopes to accompany them.

Packed in their luggage will be not just shady hats and sunscreen to cope with the predicted 49 degree heat but also a range of clothing, hygiene items, toys and books, collected by CWL members, to make life a bit easier for local families.

Mrs Heazlewood, who attends St Peter’s Catholic Church at Youngtown, explained: “In the past we [CWL] have supported organisations such as Magnolia Place (Launceston Women’s Shelter), Days For Girls, and a homeless shelter for men in Hobart.”

Mrs Heazlewood said it was hard to comprehend the level of poverty that was commonplace in Cambodia, where people were in desperate need and did not have a welfare system to fall back on.

While Mrs Heazlewood is looking forward to visiting Cambodia and seeing firsthand how the project is helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world, she has some concerns of her own.

“I am very deaf. I have Meniere’s disease,” Mrs Heazlewood said.

“I find it hard to hear what people are saying, but my daughter said hugs speak all languages!”

Son-in-law Rob Lewandowski, a school teacher, said the contributions from the CWL branch would have a direct and positive impact on Cambodian families.

“It is fantastic,” he said.

“We see the smiles on the faces of the families we support and that is wonderful.”

Image: Helping hands: Launceston Catholic Women’s League members collect items to help Cambodian families. Pictured here are, from left, Rozanne Neskovcin, Mary Siejka, guest speaker Rob Lewandowski, branch president Jenny Smith, Victoria Rainsford, Pauline Heazlewood, Tuppy McCann, Bernice McKenna, and Betty Butler.