Sanitary kits for women are sew important

Volunteers Georgia Kimmorley (12), mum Alison Snodgrass and Pat Kingsford.
Volunteers Georgia Kimmorley (12), mum Alison Snodgrass and Pat Kingsford.

IMAGINE having only leaves and bark on hand to deal with your menstrual cycle.

For many women across the world, this is reality.

‘Days for Girls’ is an organisation with many ‘chapters’ around the world.

They sew quality sanitary kits and send them to women in places such as Nepal.

Jill Leggett and her friend Joh Fowler established the Rockingham chapter in 2013.

“I read about the group in the Spotlight magazine,” Ms Leggett said. “I thought – I could do that.”

Unsure where they wanted to send the kits, Ms Leggett happened to read about Nathan Burns and his group Backpacker Medics.

They are volunteer paramedics and nurses who distribute the sanitary kits and educate the women of Kerasawara Nepal in all aspects of women’s health.

“I contacted Nathan and had a meeting with him,” she said.

“I showed him the kits and he said ‘yes please – we could do with those now’.”

The kits were well received by the women.

Since then Ms Leggett and Ms Fowler’s group have produced 660 kits, by holding a sewing day once a month run by volunteers.

“We have all ages attending, one day we had a five and a 14-year-old,” she said.

“The little one folded and did bits and pieces – not every one needs to know how to sew.”

The nifty little kits contain two moisture barrier shields, eight absorbent flannel liners, two pairs of knickers, a washcloth, two Ziploc bags for wet or soiled items, two safety pins, a small bar of soap all packaged in a discreet cloth drawstring bag.

“We are always looking for volunteers,” Ms Leggett said.

“I would like people to think about what it’s like to get caught short.”

The group takes donations of clean cotton fabric, flannels and cash to purchase things such as knickers and plastic liners for the barrier shields.

They sew at the Baptist Hall in Waikiki once a month. Visit their |Facebook page for more information.