High tea to help PNG women

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A HIGH tea to be held this month in Bridgetown will raise money for the non-profit group Days For Girls and its work in Pa­pua New Guinea.

Spe­cial guests at the tea will be three PNG women – Alva Meti, Chris­tine Gawi and Theresa Endy.

The women are train­ing Pa­pua New Guinea peo­ple to make re­us­able san­i­tary kits for dis­tri­bu­tion, us­ing sewing ma­chines, fabric and other sup­plies shipped from WA.

“We sent ev­ery­thing they would need to get started as a mi­cro-en­ter­prise and mak­ing these things them­selves,” Days For Girls spokes­woman Brenda Dawes said.

The PNG women hope to set up their own ded­i­cated work­place and stor­age fa­cil­ity, us­ing re­fit­ted sea con­tain­ers.

They have raised 2000 kina but need a total of 13,000 kina or about $5000.

While still early days, the aim is for the en­ter­prise to even­tu­ally em­ploy women to make and sup­ply kits free to those in need while also gen­er­at­ing some in­come through sales.

“They need a part­ner to help and en­cour­age them and get them up and run­ning prop­erly,” Mrs Dawes said.

Taboos still sur­round men­stru­a­tion in many coun­tries, she said, mak­ing these re­us­able san­i­tary prod­ucts vi­tal in help­ing girls at­tend school and take their place in so­ci­ety. The mis­sion to make the prod­ucts more widely avail­able is at­tract­ing grow­ing sup­port through the Bridgetown group, in­clud­ing from Man­jimup and Quin­ninup.

The group has san­i­tary kits avail­able for sale in WA for women who want a re­us­able prod­uct, with sales sup­port­ing the work of Days For Girls over­seas. The high tea at Bridgetown Gar­dens on Oc­to­ber 22 will in­clude a silent auc­tion and raf­fle.

Tick­ets are $25 and avail­able from Bridgetown Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the com­mu­nity re­source cen­tres in Bridgetown and Man­jimup and Sew Gen­tle Era Bridgetown.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Brenda Dawes says sales of Days For Girls re­us­able san­i­tary packs will sup­port the group’s work in Pa­pua New Guinea.

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