A gift of comfort and fun from Forbes CWA Evening Branch

CatholicCare's Christine L'Estrange accepts the capes from CWA Evening Branch members Robyn Miller and Sue Cunningham.
CatholicCare's Christine L'Estrange accepts the capes from CWA Evening Branch members Robyn Miller and Sue Cunningham.

A cape is a fabulous thing.

Put it on and you're a superhero, or wrap it around your shoulders to shield you from the world.

So Forbes CWA Evening Branch was proud to be able to assist CatholicCare Wilcannia Forbes by donating a dozen security comfort capes.

These can now be used when the team is working with children whose world is changing rapidly due to family circumstances - a gift more important than ever in the current uncertainties.

Robyn Miller, President of the branch, said, COVID-19 had played a role in delaying the donation but now, more than ever, it is important that children have a sense of security and a bit of normalcy.

"We hope these capes can bring a little of security and fun to them," she said.

The capes were made by a CWA Evening Branch member using Toy Story images as the theme for the capes.

Sue Cunningham made the capes with fabric provided by the branch after the idea came about from a conversation with a member of the CatholicCare team.

COVID-related restrictions held up the handover and has changed circumstances somewhat, but Ms Christine L'Estrange was presented with the donation of the capes before lockdown impacted us again and now they can be distributed where they will be treasured.

"The capes will be used for children at the playgroups held at the Women's Refuge and they would be much appreciated by both children and staff," Ms L'Estrange said.

"I'm sure the children will find some fun in playing with their super security capes and that they (the capes) bring comfort and a sense of security wearing them."

Ms L'Estrange also thanked Forbes CWA Evening Branch for their ongoing support of the Women's Refuge and CatholicCare.

In the past the branch has provided practical items such as colouring pencils and books, games and other stationery, pyjamas and underwear for the children at the refuge, as well as personal items for the women who find themselves in need of assistance.

  • If you'd like to learn more about Forbes CWA Evening Branch you can find them on Facebook. In normal times they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6.30pm.