Gin Gin paramedic Mel Bayntun has a knack for sewing and has used her skillset to create hundreds of face masks to donate to the community.
During the past three weeks Mel has whipped up 540 face masks of all colours and designs and has been delivering them to various parts of the region and beyond, including at the Gin Gin Community Hub.
Mel said she decided to make the masks as the Covid pandemic became more prominent in the region.
“I had a whole heap of scrap fabric laying around and I initially thought of making them until I ran out, however that soon changed,” she laughed.
“The last count I did, I was up to about 540 masks.
“I think I might have a bit of a break now though because I am starting to dream about them!”
Mel has been a paramedic in the Gin Gin region for more than a decade and in her spare time, she said she loved to sew.
“I make my clothes and my partner's clothes,” she said.
“I actually learned how to sew as I child; my late mother taught me.
“Sewing not only keeps me busy doing something creative but it also keeps me close to my mother, she was an amazing woman.”
The Gin Gin Community Hub is now stocked up with Mel's masks which are available for the taking.
“I created them in all different designs and colours – fun stuff!” she said.
“Most people have been really appreciative of them.”
Mel said during the pandemic, she had hoped her masks would ease a bit of pressure to those who were struggling.
“Wearing a mask is just another added cost which is hard for those who are doing it tough,” she said.
“I thought, well this just might ease that burden a little bit.
“Overall, I just want people to be safe, healthy and kind to one another.”
Mel's reversible/washable/reusable face masks are available at the Gin Gin Community Hub, 4 Dear Street.