Students make birthing kits to save lives
PROSERPINE State High School students worked with Zonta Whitsunday to produce 500 birthing kits for women in Third World countries last month.
Senior Students Head of Department Kellie Klupfel said students from Years 10-12 engaged in the activity on October 24 as part of their early childhood studies.
"The girls got to work with the Zonta ladies and understand the importance of the small act they were doing which helped so many women in developing countries,” she said.
"It was quite shocking and eye-opening for them to realise how lucky and well off we are in Australia.”
Whitsunday Zonta Club is a branch of Zonta International, a Global Humanitarian organisation of women.
One of the major Australian projects undertaken by the group is the assembly of birthing kits for Third World countries, now adopted by various schools in the region including Proserpine State High School.
The birthing kits are made up of a black plastic sheet, one piece of soap, one pair of gloves, string to tie the umbilical cord, one sterile blade to cut the cord and five sterile gauze squares enclosed in a zip lock bag.
Proserpine State High School students were the first group to partner with Zonta Whitsunday in 2005, and have continued the partnership every year since.
Ms Klupfel said the activity, now part of the annual curriculum of the school, taught students the benefits of doing kind deeds, whether for someone they know or for a stranger.
"I guess they really learned the value of doing something for someone they'll never meet, but an act that will have life-changing effects on the people who will get the birthing kits,” she said.
"It allowed them that greater awareness of the world outside.”