Enhancing wellbeing and inclusiveness through transport assistance

A message from Australian War Widows QLD

Thanks to the generous support of the Eastern Star Foundation, Aus­tralian War Widows Queensland (AWWQ) has made significant strides in enhancing the wellbe­ing and social inclusiveness of its members who were facing trans­portation challenges. With an additional grant of $50,000 this year from the foundation, AWWQ con­tinues to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of war widows across the state.

One of the key initiatives undertaken by AWWQ was the acquisition of a 12-seater minivan. This minivan has become a lifeline for our members, providing per­sonalised transportation services to attend the organisation’s outings and events. The availability of this vehicle has not only enhanced the overall enjoyment of the events, but has also significantly reduced the stress associated with travelling to and from venues. For many mem­bers in their golden years of life, this service has proven to be invaluable.

Judy Smith, State President of War Widows Queensland, expressed immense gratitude towards the Eastern Star Foundation for its generous grant. Judy emphasised the crucial role that transporta­tion plays in facilitating social interactions and promoting social inclusion, making the transport assistance program a vital lifeline for many members.

‘With the support of the Eastern Star Foundation, AWWQ has been able to make a tangible difference in the lives of war widows,’ she said. ‘The organisation holds group meet­ings across Queensland, spanning from Cairns to Currumbin. Since receiving the grant, we have been able to distribute over two thousand Cabcharge tickets to members who face transport difficulties attending events and meetings due to the loss of their driver’s licence.

‘One of the primary objectives of AWWQ is to promote fellowship and provide avenues for social inter­action through regular gatherings. This initiative has not only fostered social interaction, but also allowed members to forge meaningful con­nections within the organisation, enriching their lives and combating social isolation.’

Last year, AWWQ proudly cele­brated its 75th anniversary with an exciting calendar of events. We were particularly thrilled to commemorate the first-ever War Widows Day on October 19, a day dedicated by the Queensland Government. Queensland became the first state in Australia to receive this honour, and the dedication has since been embraced by New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

AWWQ is having another eventful year, with the highly anticipated annual Friendship Day event in Redlands in August. This gathering brings together members from all corners of Queensland to celebrate the bonds of friendship.

For more information, you can contact the Australian War Widows QLD Head Office on 07 3846 7706.

Below: Directors of Australian War Widows Queensland and Eastern Star Foundation (ESF) at the unveiling of the new minivan funded through an ESF grant.

Directors of Australian War Widows Queensland and Eastern Star Foundation (ESF) at the unveiling of the new minivan funded through an ESF grant.