THE Quirindi Country Women's Association (CWA) is keen to provide several students with a positive start to 2021, as it delivers its annual Australia Day awards and funds.
On Thursday, January 21 at 10:30am, it will present music, disability, new year 7 and aspiring nursing students with educational grants, as well as naming the winner of their award for local businesses who provide job opportunities and good customer service.
Overall, the group will be handing out approximately $4000 to locals, which will no doubt be thoroughly appreciated.
Coordinator Colleen Wills said the awards serve a purpose within the community, and are not only there as a pat on the back.
"The idea is that they're there to encourage young people to come back to the country to positions that are needed, particularly in nursing and in allied health," she said.
Building the self-esteem up of young people trying to learn an instrument or how to sing is also among their focuses, while the award given to disability students is designed to help them flourish in certain subjects.
Of course, many people have benefited from such awards down the years, and Ms Wills said CWA members are constantly made aware of the good they have done in the past.
"We've been doing it for well over 25 years and quite often people that have got them in the past see you in the street and remind us 'I got a CWA award once'," she said.
The group has also stated how pleased it is to see a sense of normality returning with disability and aged care residents back in the local community, having separated for much of the last 12 months due to lockdowns.