THE ladies at the QCWA Howard branch are planning a very Nollaig Shona Duit in June, or in Aussie language, a very merry Christmas.

The fun-loving ladies are set to host an Irish Christmas in June, with all the bells and whistles of their annual event usually held in July.

President Judy Sheean said the committee felt that their Christmas in July, which has been held for the past four years, had been exhausted.

She said it was time for something new.

Howard QCWA Irish Xmas in June - president Judy Sheean with (L) Phyllis Cooper, Karyn Dudley, Bernie Pearce, Elizabeth Proctor and Barbara Trevaskis.Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Howard QCWA Irish Xmas in June - president Judy Sheean with (L) Phyllis Cooper, Karyn Dudley, Bernie Pearce, Elizabeth Proctor and Barbara Trevaskis.Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

"We thought, the Irish are pretty funny so let's have an Irish Christmas in June ... so we grabbed the idea and set about making it happen," Judy said.

"We will have entertainment, singers, raffles, a two-course meal, a best dressed competition and all sorts of things going on.

"I am looking forward to the wonderful food, catching up with other members of the community, singing good old-fashioned Irish songs and just knowing that it's going to be a really fun day."

Judy said this function was one of many events the 22 members held throughout the year in an effort to raise funds for others in the community who are not as fortunate.

The ladies donate to CareFlight, Flying Doctors, women's shelters, put together birthing kits for ladies in PNG, send care packages to serving troops, and knit beanies and booties for premature babies, just to name a few.

"We never stop ... I work harder now then I did when I worked," Judy laughed.

"We are a charity through and through. Everything we make goes back to the community."

Judy encourages guests to dress in their best Irish-Christmas attire to be in the running for the best prize of the day.

"We have a very special prize for the person who can turn up with both things incorporated in their outfits."
 

IRISH CHRISTMAS
■ When: Saturday, June 18, from 11am.
■ Where: CWA Hall, Steley St, Howard.
■ Cost: $20, which includes a homemade two-course meal.



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