A group of locals have stitched more than 750 kits this year with Days for Girls Bundaberg to help females around the world.
Days for Girls Bundaberg team coordinator Nicole Beasley said the initiative started locally in 2017 to help provide menstrual equity, health, dignity, and opportunity for females in Australia and across the globe.
The team sew handmade feminine hygiene kits for young girls and women, particularly for those in need in third-world countries.
Since its inception Days for Girls Bundaberg has tripled the number of handmade kits created locally.
“We are a charity that make washable menstrual kits for girls and ladies in poverty,” Nicole said.
“These kits have four components and last up to three years each.
“We started here in Bundaberg five years ago when we made about 200 kits for the year.
“Now we’ve been able to achieve a goal of more than 750 kits this year.”
Along with handmade feminine hygiene kits Days for Girls international also provides health education to both males and females in third world countries.
Nicole said locally the group often purchased supplies and material to create the kits and they were grateful for community support.
“We also raise money through the Containers for Change program here, which helps us to purchase materials, including water-proof material, we use to make the reusable menstrual products,” Nicole said.
“If anyone would like to help this way they can search Bundaberg Days for Girls, on the Containers for Change website.”
Nicole said there were about 20 members who came together once a month to sew and put the kits together and they were seeking more volunteers when they resumed in February.
“We meet at the Bundaberg Presbyterian Church on the third Thursday of the month,” she said.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers who give their time to help others.
“You don’t have to be a sewer either, we welcome everyone who wants to help.”
To find out how to help contact Nicole on 0408 504 501.
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