Emergency Aid Fund

In 1929 to 1931 South Australia was a state in distress with below average rainfall.  The renowned woman aviator Amy Johnson completed her solo trip from England to Australia.  There was a huge reception in her honour and 135 pounds was given to the Metropolitan Branch of the SACWA to be used for needy country families.  This became the basis for the SACWA’s Mallee Relief Scheme.  Mrs Dolling was careful to explain, at the time, “The SACWA is not a charitable organisation.  We ourselves do not raise the money, we only do the work with funds that are handed over to us”.

Mrs Dolling, Mrs Rymill and Miss Ritchie distributing relief goods to distressed areas on the Eyre Peninsula in the 1930s.

SACWA is proud to serve both rural and urban communities. Service to the country, through women, for women by women is still the vision of this Association. SACWA provides assistance to families in need through the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund. Assistance is provided by recommendation from a social worker, rural counsellor or Association members. SACWA uses every dollar raised for this purpose as it does not take out administration costs.

For anyone seeking assistance: Please contact a rural counsellor or social worker in your area who are submit your application in writing to the SACWA State Office.





We can help disaster affected families

The SACWA Emergency Aid Fund is here to assist

The South Australian Country Women’s Association Inc is able to assist those in need as a result of any natural disaster in South Australia – drought, bushfire or flood.

Donations of $2 and over to this fund are tax deductible and all monies go directly to those families and communities affected.  All administration costs of the fund are absorbed by SACWA.  100% of your donation goes to those in need.

 Without strong rural communities the whole of South Australia suffers
 Remember, everyone needs a helping hand sometimes


A Helping Hand for South Australian Rural Communities

SACWA is currently distributing funds for rural families in South Australia who are severely affected by the current seasonal conditions, and find themselves unable to meet their day-to-day living expenses.

And so this work continues through to today, with SACWA helping over 900 families with grants of up to $3,000 each to be used for living expenses, utilities, food and clothes.  The grants have been made possible thanks to more than $2.4 million in donations to the fund.

SACWA has been assisting clients of Rural Business Support with grants of up to $3,000 each to be used for living expenses, utilities, food and clothes. This valuable partnership has seen more than $2.4 million distributed since August 2018.  Rural Business Support’s Financial Counsellors endorse and complete the applications on behalf of the rural family they are working with and forward it to SACWA for payment.



SACWA has been the recipient of valuable funding via Coles Supermarkets.

We are proud that funding from fundraising in Coles stores have ensured the continued provision of immediate assist to farmers and farming families who are facing hardship arising from the impact of drought and improve levels of economic activity in the rural sector and local communities. Additional funding has also been received to assist with the administration the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund in recognition of the financial burden the Association faces in order to facilitate the distribution of these funds.

    How you can help

    To make a donation to the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund, please send a cheque to:

    SACWA State Office
    30 Dequetteville Terrace
    KENT TOWN SA 5067

    Donations of $2 or more are Income Tax Deductible, if made to the SACWA EMERGENCY AID FUND.

    Donations can also be made online. Click here for our online donation form.