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Rotary sends birthing kits to PNG

HELPING MUMS: Rotary Club of Ballina member Glennys Matthews and president Garry Packham with some of the birthing kits the club is sending to expectant mums in Papua New Guinea.
HELPING MUMS: Rotary Club of Ballina member Glennys Matthews and president Garry Packham with some of the birthing kits the club is sending to expectant mums in Papua New Guinea. Doug Eaton

MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Ballina usually direct their energies to local causes.

But occasionally an international project comes along that is so worthwhile the club throws their support behind it.

One of these projects is the collection and assembly of birthing kits, which are shipped to Papua New Guinea and distributed to the village birth attendants for use with expectant mums.

The United Nations estimates that 58,000 women die every year during childbirth. Developing countries accounts for 99% of these deaths.

The kits that have been made by the Rotary Club of Ballina include a one-metre piece of linen, towelling, wipes, soap, gloves, scalpel and string. A garbage bag becomes the plastic sheet.

The packs help improve the health and safety of pregnant women.

So far, members have assembled 200 of these packs, and the program is ongoing.

If you would like to find out more about Rotary and how you can enjoy great fellowship while making a difference, call president Garry Packham on 0413 308 046.

The Rotary Club of Ballina meets at the Ballina RSL Club on Monday evenings at 6pm for 6.30pm.


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