It is a great pleasure to be able to speak today about the wonderful work of Canberra's Quota club. Quota International of Canberra is part of an international network that originated more than 90 years ago. Quota was set up to allow women, particularly businesswomen, to serve their community. Quota Canberra is one of 78 Quota clubs in Australia today, and just last year celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The club works hard to service and assist disadvantaged women, children and the hearing impaired in the Canberra community. In 2011 the club made a huge difference to our local community by making comfort packs for women in refuges; playing bingo and providing supper for senior citizens; donating funds and conducting working bees at the Shepherd Centre for hearing impaired children, which is in my electorate; donating to CyclopsACT to support young carers; providing funding to a Queanbeyan refuge; and donating baby furniture and supplies for Karinya House. It also donated $1,100 to the Queensland flood appeal and worked tirelessly to raise funds for a range of charities and causes around the country.
I urge you all to find out more about your local Quota club, as I have about Quota International of Canberra. It is a wonderful organisation and a great way for women, and men, to get involved in supporting their local community.