I can't believe how quickly time has flown already in 2016 but there is still so much happening with our project that is just so exciting.
The most exciting news of course is that our first batch of 57 kits from the Gold Coast Days for Girls team has now been handed over to ladies and girls in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.
These kits were ditributed by Niki Pearce - a friend of mine - who made the journey to deliver the kits and other much needed school supplies to three villages in Honiara. Niki was already making the journey and jumped at the opportunity to also include the kits as part of her delivery. Niki had originally intended to take these to Vanuatu but some last minute changes with the shipping container meant that they needed to be swapped to Honiara.
You can find out more about the motivation behind Niki's trip by clicking here but the best way to get a feel for it is to listen in next Tuesday when Niki addresses the Rotary e-Club of NextGen and I really do encourage you to join in. The e-Club meets on-line and it is really easy to connect up as follows:
- Click here to access the website for Zoom and hit enter
- Click on OK once the new screen loads but if, this does not happen, click on Download & Run Zoom and then save file;
- Once the exe file has downloaded, just click on the exe program.
You can join in the meeting if you have a webcam and microphone or just be in listen only mode and hear and watch what is happening.
Try it out on the day of Niki's talk - 23 February
- but let me know if you run into problems. The meeting starts at 8.00 pm and Niki should be speaking around 8.15 pm.
Next Sewing and Packing Day
This is just around the corner and while we are still trying to sort out a new venue, this one will be held on Saturday 27 February and will be once again at the Lynne Richardson Community Centre at 2A Gidgee Court, Molendinar. Most importantly, please note that this will run from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
There is no shortage of work to be done on the day as we finalise the kits for the second stage which will see around 30 kits going to girls in Cambodia and then start working on the next stage as well. So, as well as the sewing of bags, liners and shields, there will be plenty of opportunity for people with limited sewing skills to iron, cut and thread ribbons for bags, to cut patterns and to pack the kits so please come along.
It would be great if you could let me know if you are able to make it along as there is a fair amount of work involved in setting up and making sure that we have enough equipment. You can do this either on the Facebook page or by replying to this email.
It wouldn't be possible without support
It was such a buzz to hand over the kits to Niki and I just wanted to say thank you to every one who contributed to this first milestone.
Your help made it happen.
There has been so much work put in by so many people at both the sewing days and at home and I would just like to thank just a few that have had a major role in getting this first shipment out - Charmaine Cameron for the hours of work in sewing liners and bags and hours doing additional research to help the project, Denise Lawrence who spends so much time organising and and planning the working bees, to all of the ladies sewing or cutting at home that are doing amazing jobs, without you we would have nothing. Thank you for all your time.
Thank you also to not only the Rotary e-Club of NextGen - the club that Bruce belongs to and that you are welcome to check out at any time - but also to the Rotary Club of Ashmore who we will be working with more closely with a joint project in 2016 to help with their involvement in Timor Leste.
We have collected so many undies since the project started and while we will need more in the future, our biggest need right now is for large zip lock bags so if you happen to see these on your next shopping trip, it would be great if you could throw in a box for the project and bring it along to the Sewing and Packing Day. It all helps.
Is it worth it?
I love this quote from Linda Guxha who is now a DfG Zimbabwe Director:
“I am among thousands of girls in Zimbabwe who suffered during High school days. I used to hate my period.... It meant l had to choose between humiliation of managing a period with no resources at school or stay at home. Most of the time l would end up using newspaper which used to give me rashes. l was very scared of messing my uniform 'cause it had happened to me and to others and the boys in our class laughed at us. We would stop going for awhile. It seriously interrupted our learning. This project is my passion.”