Yass Valley volunteer, Gwen Warmington, received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Gwen has a long history of community service and volunteering. Gwen showed great vision in working to achieve many benefits for the community including the swimming pool and aged care facilities. She served as a member of the Yass Municipal Council from 1966-1977. The Warmington’s left Yass and lived in Darwin and Bargara for 30 years. Sadly, soon after their return her husband, John died. Gwen knew that she needed to be busy and joined Can Assist, Hospital Auxiliary, Aged Care and Yass Probus. At almost 89, Gwen has remarkable energy and enthusiasm for her voluntary work.

Tamworth Can Assist: ‘Gnome-lady’ Julia Gregory sold 400 gnomes in May to raise funds for Can Assist. Ms Gregory had amassed an impressive 400 gnomes since 1972 up until recently, when she sold them to raise $1,600 for Can Assist.

The obsession started when her truckie husband bought her a set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for her birthday, and it’s continued to grow since then.

“I’ve sold them all now, now I only have little ones,” she said.

“My grandson died of pancreatic cancer, it was three months off his 50th birthday and he told me he didn’t have long to go – I said he would be right and he would make it but once they put him in Nioka that was it, he only lasted a few weeks.

“I never thought in my wildest dreams I would make what I made.”

Can Assist Southern Highlands was very fortunate to have been offered ‘The Kaya’ – the magnificent garden of Elaine and Les Musgrave in Wildes Meadow, Southern Highlands, as an Open Garden event on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of May.  This was a most successful fundraiser for our Branch at a time when we are still bound by Covid 19 restrictions as to the types of events we can hold.

Can Assist marquee stalls sold a large amount of merchandise, from knitted toys, to fresh slices and biscuits, Can Assist labelled candles, tea towels, table mats with serviettes, beautiful cards and a busy BBQ and coffee cart.

The owner generously donated 20% of all sales from her paintings, cards and prints.

We were blessed with beautiful weather. Overall we raised $7,700 for the weekend. A wonderful result.

In April our members helped out at the Shoalhaven Volkswagen Club ‘Blast from the Past’ day held at the Berry Bowling Club by taking donations at the gate and selling raffle tickets.

Last week three of our members attended  a meeting of the Volkswagen Club and were given a $4,000 cheque from the proceeds of the day.  Our thanks go to all the members of the VW Club, both for a fun day and for their generous donation.

Some of the Can Assist volunteers helped out in the furniture pavilion. The widely popular Can Assist garage sales are looking for a new home as the difficult decision was made to demolish the main pavilion. Can Assist volunteers moved some items across to the feature pavilion next to where the furniture garage sale items are stored. The monthly event boosts Can Assist’s funds significantly. “We would not be able to help people in Parkes to the extent that we do without these funds,” said President of Can Assist Parkes, Sylvia Glendenning.

Oberon Can Assist has been given a donation from Oberon Fishing Club members. The Oberon Fishing Club folded a couple of years ago and former President Peter Brennan said funds raised through raffles were just sitting in the bank. “We thought Oberon Can Assist helps those locals in need and the club’s cheque for $1,991.37 can help in a small way,” he said. Oberon Can Assist President Brenda Armstrong said the committee appreciates the donation. “We say a huge thank you to the former Oberon Fishing Club for the generous donation that will help families in the local area,” Mrs Armstrong said.

greenslips.com.au allocated funding to Can Assist Mudgee. The funding has been allocated to help pay for local cancer patients’ CTP green slip insurance, which covers costs like medical treatment and lost income for people injured in a road accident. Can Assist Mudgee President, Bec Callaghan said, “The funding from greenslips.com.au will certainly help recipients. It’s another bill they don’t need, we all know they’re not cheap and that they come in at the same time as car registration and often other bills.”