CWA wants old bed linen
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.
Helping out: the CWA’s Faye Hudson and Jenny Zofka