Thursday, October 12, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

International Aid In Our Backyard

For over 15 years, the Zonta Club of the Whitsundays has been constructing Clean Birthing Kits, to send throughout Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, to give hospitals and mothers clean and sterile equipment to safely deliver their children.

In recent times, Zonta has collaborated with local schools to aid in their efforts and last week St Catherine’s Catholic College completed construction of 200 birthing kits.

Pam Harrison is a life member of Zonta Club of the Whitsundays and she worked closely with the students to make the kits.

“The students are beautiful kids. We just had so much fun!” she said.

“This is a lovely project, and it’s great for us to meet them and for them to help us in this cause.”

The outreach was organised by the school’s Z Club, who advocate for women’s health, a stop to domestic violence, and other public outreach issues.

“This is about being aware and raising awareness of issues that relate specifically to young women, and in a wider community sense, of what we can do to achieve equity and fairness,” explained the Z Club Teacher Liaison Shantae Ryle.

With over 20 students, from Year 8 to Year 12, it was a simple task to complete all 200 kits in less than two hours.

Z Club President and St Catherine’s Year 12 student Elizabeth Gill explained that the club also raise funds for the kits, alleviating some of the financial cost for Zonta.

“Normally, we do a big fundraiser, and we’ve got a big trivia night planed for next year, to help raise funds for the items used in the kits,” Elizabeth said.

St Catherine’s Principal Luke Thomson thanked the ladies of Zonta for coming in and working with students.

"This is a great service and learning opportunity for our students to give back to such a worthy cause,” he said.

“We thank the Whitsunday Zonta volunteers for coming in and working with our students over the past seven years."

Year 8 to 12 St Catherine’s Catholic College students with the ladies of Zonta Whitsundays completing 200 clean birthing kits. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge

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