Birthing kits to help save lives

Claire Lyon (Mundaring).
Claire Lyon (Mundaring).

About 90 Zonta members and supporters gathered to assemble 1000 kits for the Birthing Kit Foundation on April 6.

The kits, which include a plastic sheet, soap, gloves and gauze, are bound for such countries as Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea.

Pupils from Churchlands Senior High School, which provided the venue, and Edith Cowan University midwifery students helped assemble kits. Goollelal Primary School deputy principal Kerry Hartmann, whose students raised $314 last year for about 100 kits, was also there.

Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs PR committee member Dawn Newman said about $75 was collected on the day in gold coin donations, funding another 25 kits.

‘They say one in 20 kits will probably save a life,’ she said.

‘So how rewarding it is to know that 50 lives may be saved (from our efforts) and will keep infection at bay for many others.’