CWA wants old bed linen

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Port Dou­glas CWA is call­ing for do­na­tions of old bed sheets to give them a new life and pur­pose to use in birthing kits.

Many women in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries give birth at home in of­ten un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

Port Dou­glas CWA hall con­venor Faye Hudson said the kits pro­vides the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals for birthing, which will be given to women in East Ti­mor.

“We saw the plights of East Ti­morese women and want to give birthing kits which con­sist of a plas­tic sheet, cot­ton sheet for on top of that, gloves, scalpel, a nail brush and twine,” she said.

“The Queens­land CWA this year promised 1000 birthing kits, we’ve started ac­cru­ing the sheet­ing then once we have enough we will know how many kits we can make and buy the other things.”

It does not mat­ter if the sheets are fit­ted or not, have small holes, are faded, stained, pat­terned or plain, as long as it is in rea­son­able con­di­tion to be cut into the right size for the birthing kits.

“We’re hop­ing some re­sorts might give us some of theirs when they are re­fur­bish­ing,” Ms Hudson said.

“You can only get one out of each sheet be­cause they need to be 1.5 me­tres square and we can put pieces to­gether and join them up as long as they are rea­son­able.

“We’ve made some al­ready as we have free sewing lessons on Mon­days which one of our mem­bers has been do­ing.”

Contact Faye Hudson to or­gan­ise where to drop off any un­wanted sheets or take part in the free sewing classes on 4098 5770.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Help­ing out: the CWA’s Faye Hudson and Jenny Zofka

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