The Cathedral School Leo Club in Townsville has been awarded the inaugural Leo Club Project of the Year title with their Birthing Kits for PNG initiative.
In 2019, the group of 40 young volunteers from Cathedral School Leo Club partnered with Zonta to make an undeniable impact on international communities by creating and sending birthing kits to Papua New Guinea.
The birthing kits are small packages loaded with vital supplies to assist pregnant women give birth in poor conditions. The volunteers gathered in a sterilised room and neatly packed medical supplies, including scalpels, gauze and gloves, a plastic sheet to lay on, and a piece of string to tie the umbilical cord.
Club Vice-President Charlotte Anderson said that it has been a very rewarding experience and encourages more young people to consider getting involved with Leos.
“Being part of Leos and being involved like projects like this is such a rewarding experience,” says Charlotte.
“It is amazing to realise that such basic supplies can make a huge difference to the survival rates of mothers and babies in developing countries. It made us grateful for the high standard of medical care we generally take for granted and it was so rewarding to know we were helping women deliver their babies safely in poor conditions,” Charlotte says.