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Catholic Women’s League volunteer still going strong at 100

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Audrey Stewart, left, celebrates her 100th birthday with Noreen Keoghan at the Polding Centre. PHOTO: Patrick Lee

One hundred year-old Audrey Stewart says all the birthday celebrations in her honour have been “very embarrassing” and that reaching a century “is not a big deal.”

Audrey—who turned 100 on 21 January—has been a volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League for an astonishing 75 years and the organisation held a birthday party for her on 13 February at the Polding Centre in the city.

Audrey told The Catholic Weekly that the secret to reaching 100 years is to “just keep breathing.”

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She joined the CWL in 1952 in Shepparton, Victoria and founded the Wendouree branch in 1963. Audrey moved to Sydney with her husband in 1970.

The war-widow now lives in the Cardinal Freeman Village in Ashfield and is a member of the Enfield branch of CWL.

She has served the CWL in a variety of roles over the years and she wishes “more people would get involved because of all the good work they do.”

CWL President Helen Cook said that Audrey “lifts people up with her optimism and generosity of spirit”.

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