A group of Caloundra women is hoping to make a difference to the lives of women giving birth in third-world countries through an International Women’s Day fundraiser.
Zonta Club of Caloundra City will host and afternoon tea event on March 6 to raise money for, and pack, lifesaving birthing kits.
Club president Pam Hall says these small but meaningful packs give women access to six items for a safer, more hygienic process.
“Birth kits are an incredibly simple way to save lives,” Ms Hall says. “The birthing kits are a simple tool to assist in basic hygienic to allow a woman to give birth.
“These are women who give birth in fields, under trees, so they are not in hospitals, they are not in clinics, they are nowhere near qualified medical health.”
The kits grew from an idea at an Adelaide Zonta club and include a piece of soap, a plastic sheet, gauze, wipes, string and a small blade to cut the umbilical cord.
Zonta Caloundra has been involved in the process for more than 20 years and, with little to no fundraising opportunities in 2020, is hoping the community will give generously to the cause.
“We’ve done thousands of [packs] over the years,” Ms Hall says. “Our last time was 2019 and we packed 600 on that day and that was just our club members, assisted by students from Caloundra State High School.
“Our intention is to pack 2000-plus at our International Women’s Day event.
“It’s an opportunity to recast International Women’s Day to focus on some of our sisters internationally who don’t have the advantages we have.”
Ms Hall is asking the community to buy tickets to the afternoon tea at The Events Centre and calling on businesses or corporate organisations to book a table.
“The cost is $25 per person and that will get you afternoon tea and cover the cost of two kits. We are also keen to hear from corporate sponsors who can help cover costs.”
Tickets are available through zontacaloundra.com.au and those who cannot attend on the day can donate though the website.