Sewing a better world with ‘Days for 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.