Students pack 1000 birthing kits to save lives:
MOST high school students are years away from thinking about births, but for Caloundra State High School it has recently been on the agenda.
The school’s Ambassador Z Club collaborated with the Zonta Club of Caloundra to package 1000 birthing kits for the Birthing Kit Foundation.
The kits are designed to help prevent infection during the birthing process for mothers in developing countries.
Women in Zambia, Chad, Congo and Tanzania will benefit from the packages.
Six items make up one bundle, including one metre of plastic sheet to prevent the mother and infant coming into contact with the ground, a small piece of soap, two gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, three cords and five gauze squares.
Zonta Club of Caloundra president Simone Ricketts said members were grateful to Caloundra High principal Julie Pozzoli, “who has developed the value of community service in her students”.
Ms Pozzoli said nine students had given up half a day at the weekend to help.
The Ambassador Z Club is run by teacher Darren Cripps and is “a student version of the Zonta Club” made up of both girls and boys.
“The club is focused on giving back to the community,” Ms Pozzoli said.
“Children of today are much more community minded and want to give back and this activity demonstrated their commitment to this.”
With the students’ quick hands the kits were completed faster and it provides an environment for the younger and older generations to discuss social matters that shape our world.
BIRTH RIGHT: Caloundra State High students and Ambassador Z Club members Katie Own and Emily Russell help package the kits for Birthing Kits Foundation.