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Welcome to the latest news from Days for Girls Gold Coast
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Hi Ing,

Why are we doing this?

The benefits that have flowed from the project have been significant and we have realised that whilst the primary benefit of the project is to help girls with sustainable hygiene products, the real benefits are much more significant.

One of the ladies that received a kit in Honiara was a single mother who was not able to work for one week a month which is no longer the case. The economic benefits to this family is that their income has now increased by 25% which has a significant impact on their standard of living. Whilst our aim is to help girls stay in school by providing them with a means of managing menstruation, it also has a huge benefit to women of all ages.

Check your diaries

The big news is that we have a sewing and packing day coming up on Saturday 11 June and it's going to be a big one where everyone that attends will be able to not only play a huge part on the day but also because we are putting together some kits ready for shipping out to Vanuatu.

The sewing day will once again be held at the Trinity Lutheran College at Ashmore. The entry for this is via the Cotlew Street car park entrance that is opposite Freda Street. Setup will start from 8.30 am and any help would be appreciated so that we can be underway by 9.00 am aiming to finish at 1.00 pm.

Seeing the kits assembled is such a rewarding experience because it sees every little contribution that has been made come through to the final product.

Love to have you along if at all possible.

Plans for the next six to twelve months

The feedback from our distributors has shown that there is no limit to the number of kits needed so it looks like there will be plenty of work for some time yet. We have two groups in Vanuatu, ongoing projects in Cambodia, a new venture for us into Papua and New Guinea via the YWAM ships and hopefully some more kits to Timor Leste

Fund-raising

Our entry into the Grill'd Local Matters program saw us come in second place and we will soon be collecting a cheque for $100 from Grill'd.

We have also been having sewing evenings at The Craft Parlour at Palm Beach every second month and these result in donations of fabric and, moving forward, will be cash donations. This is on top of the work that the ladies do as part of their sewing nights so we win all round.

We also had a donation from the Springbook Mountain Community Association from their raffle that was held at their MFest. Thank you to Annette and Doug Robbins for organizing this and for the $245 that it raised for our project. Love your work!

Just on fund-raising, there been just over $2,700 spent since starting the project of which we have been able to raise just on $1,600 from outside donations with the balance coming from the Rotary e-Club of NextGen which is truly appreciated. We have good supply of fabric at the moment but obvioulsy need to be always thinking ahead. In the meantime, please let me know if you need more fabric.

Seniors Expo

We have been invited by Stuart Robert MP to attend a Seniors Expo at Runaway Bay to display the work that Days for Girls Gold Coast Team does. This is a great opportunity to give the team some exposure and enlist volunteers and also do some fundraising as well. The Expo is to be held on Wednesday 15 June at Runaway Bay Indoor Basketball Stadium between 8.30 am and 1 pm but we may also need some help in setting up the night before.

Help Needed

We have a good supply of shields and bags but we are low on liners. We have flannelette available so if you have an overlocker and are able to make some liners, then we desparately need your help. Give me a yell if you can help.

Please also bring overlockers to the sewing day.

Facebook

Make sure that you like the Days for Girls Gold Coast Facebook page. There is a photo album with photos from the last sewing day that you can see here.

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Is it worth it?

Girls worldwide suffer indignities, infection, even exploitation trying to stay in school.
Your support of DfG kits changes lives.


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