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Friendly event is held every year

FRIENDSHIP DAY: Elsie Mitchell, Pearl Kuorikoski and Pat Whyte at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL.
FRIENDSHIP DAY: Elsie Mitchell, Pearl Kuorikoski and Pat Whyte at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL. Mike Knott BUN130916LUNCH4

HELD in a Queensland town every year, an annual event is responsible for bringing women together for friendship and support in an often trying time.

The War Widows' Guild Friendship Day was this year held in Bundaberg and attracted more than 170 members from near and far to the Bundaberg Services Club.

The guild was first established in 1945 in Victoria by Jessie Mary Vasey, widow of Major General George Vasey.

"It started as a craft guild to supplement the meagre pensions of war widows at the time,” local member Kerry Simpson said.

"Out of this grew the War Widows Australia which provides companionship, advocacy, counselling and support for its members.”

This year, the Bundaberg guild agreed to play host to the annual friendship day to showcase the beautiful city and surrounds.

FRIENDSHIP DAY: Judy Mitchell and Jean Le Giarde at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL.
FRIENDSHIP DAY: Judy Mitchell and Jean Le Giarde at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL. Mike Knott BUN130916LUNCH1

The event included a social dinner and bus trip for guild members.

President of the Bundaberg sub branch Bronwen Mellick said.

"This is the second time we have held the event in Bundaberg, with the first held 25 years ago,” she said.

"It is just so wonderful.”

Ms Mellick said the Bundaberg guild was a special group that got together for friendship and companionship on a regular basis.

"Most of the women join after their husbands pass away due to war causes, my husband passed away in 2008,” she said.

"We all share in the same sadness and we all know what each other is going through, we understand and we are great comfort to each other.”

"We meet once a month where we go on bus trips, have lunches together and do all sorts of things.”

FRIENDSHIP DAY: Morna Harper and Elizabeth Nunn at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL.
FRIENDSHIP DAY: Morna Harper and Elizabeth Nunn at the War Widows Friendship Day held at the Bundaberg RSL. Mike Knott BUN130916LUNCH3


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