On 27 October, Year 9 MacKillop College Port Macquarie teachers and students, members of the Zonta Club of
Port Macquarie Inc, District 24, and volunteers packed 1,000 birthing kits. These kits can potentially save the life of a mother and her baby by reducing the risk of infection and cost little money to produce.
The completed boxes were delivered to the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia and will be distributed by the foundation.
This assembly day was the first time the club partnered with the local high school. Students did all of the preparatory work, including cutting string and soap and folding plastic. The assembly even took place at the school.
At the beginning of the event, Louise Harper, a local midwife and the director of local charity Australians 4 Women’s Health, spoke of her experience volunteering in Nepal
The members also showed a video about birthing kits and another about the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia. Members say the videos helped the volunteers to gain perspective on how valuable the kits can be.
Members were pleased to hear positive feedback about the event from school officials and volunteers. The club plans to partner with the school again next year.