Zonta work never stops, not even for international fame

Stirling councillor Elizabeth Re, volunteer Ruth Oxley, co-ordinator Hilda Malanczak and new northern suburbs president Leanne Sultan.
Stirling councillor Elizabeth Re, volunteer Ruth Oxley, co-ordinator Hilda Malanczak and new northern suburbs president Leanne Sultan.

Zonta District 23, which includes WA, received the International Service Award for the project at the International Zonta Convention in Orlando.

Birthing kits have been a district project since 2003, devised for women in developing countries by Adelaide Hills Zontians in 1999.

Locally, Zonta Northern Suburbs rallied about 80 members, family and friends for a kit assembly day at Churchlands Senior High School on June 28.

They packed plastic sheets, soap, disposable gloves, scalpels, cord and gauze into 1000 kits in two hours for shipping to the Birthing Kit Foundation in Adelaide.

‘We won’t know for some time where the kits will be sent, but it will certainly be a developing country where women don’t have clean birthing facilities,’ spokeswoman Dawn Newman said.

Donations to buy items for the kits are always welcome.

The club, which meets monthly at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, welcomes new members.

Go to zontaperthns.org.au or birthingkitfoundation.org.au