Stu­dents pack 1000 birthing kits to save lives:

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIRTH RIGHT: Caloun­dra State High stu­dents and Am­bas­sador Z Club mem­bers Katie Own and Emily Rus­sell help pack­age the kits for Birthing Kits Foun­da­tion.

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