Need really is the mother of invention

Benoit Bukasa-Mulwila, Laurence Giovenco and Hong Cao with inventor Wendy Flack.
Benoit Bukasa-Mulwila, Laurence Giovenco and Hong Cao with inventor Wendy Flack.

Mrs Flack is a regular visitor at the Koondoola school to talk about her invention Couple It, an underwear release clip suitable for the elderly, those with a disability and for heavily pregnant women.

‘After the initial giggles at our product tagline ” undies release clip ” the students seemed genuinely interested in the whole invention process,’ she said.

‘It is really rewarding to think that sharing my experience could spark a passion that leads these young adults to a successful future in business.’

Mrs Flack, who is writing a book on her experiences, invented the clip after ‘six weeks of hell’ helping her teenage son shower, dress and go to the toilet as he recovered from double knee surgery in ankle and thigh splints.

Users cut the side seams of their underwear and attach the clips, which can then be undone and done-up as needed.

Mercy College teacher Caroline Nevin said the local community was full of people who had invaluable business knowledge and experience.

Mrs Flack had shared her inventing experiences last year and her offer to do so again this year had been welcome.

‘It is not very often that our students can have access to first-hand experiences of inventing,’ she said.

‘This will enable them to implement practical applications to the theory they have been learning.’