Sewing a bet­ter world with ‘Days for Girls’

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - FOR THE GIRLS:

A ‘DAYS for Girls’ work­shop was held in Mans­field at MACE last week.

‘Days for Girls’ aims to pro­vide a gen­er­a­tion of women with full ac­cess to hy­giene and health ed­u­ca­tion.

The work­shop in­volved mak­ing much needed kits to achieve this goal, with many lo­cals bring­ing along their sewing kit to cre­ate hy­giene packs.

Lo­cal or­gan­is­ers Ann El­dred and Rachel Green­way were pleased with over 30 peo­ple at­tend­ing on the day.

Mt Eliza ‘Days for Girls’ branch or­gan­iser Yvonne Bill was on hand and shared her knowl­edge of the pro­gram and ex­per­tise in­struct­ing at­ten­dees on how to con­struct kits.

The room was kept hum­ming with the sounds of sewing ma­chines and over-lock­ers as the women set about mak­ing com­po­nents of the kits.

Those who were not op­er­at­ing ma­chines were busily cut­ting ma­te­rial, piec­ing, iron­ing and us­ing the snap lock but­ton ma­chine.

The group also had var­i­ous do­na­tions of money and ma­te­ri­als by those who were un­able to at­tend on the day.

An­other day will be held in late Novem­ber to as­sem­ble the kits, and the group looks for­ward to wel­com­ing new at­ten­dees. These ladies made a for­mi­da­ble team when they got to­gether last week at MACE to make up ‘Days for Girls’ bags for Ve­ni­lale. Over 100 bags, con­tain­ing soap, un­der­pants and eight re-us­able shields and lin­ers will be made up by the vol­un­teers and taken to Ve­ni­lale to help vil­lage girls for who per­sonal hy­giene is dif­fi­cult. Lo­cal ‘Friends of Ve­ni­lale’ have fundraised to buy the nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als for the project, which will be de­liv­ered by June next year by vol­un­teers who will travel to Ve­ni­lale to hand over the kits.

HARD AT WORK: Lo­cal ladies Nina Walsh, Sue Wil­son, Kay Ger­rans and He­len Hookey busily sew on their over­lock­ers.

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