Group aims to help women

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Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust kaimahi (employee) Taylor Hill is seeking volunteers to make sanitary shields, like the one she is holding, for women in Southland and overseas.

ENSURING all women can lead their best life possible is the impetus behind a Southland woman starting up a group to make sanitary supplies for women in Southland and overseas.

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust kaimahi (employee) Taylor Hill is gathering volunteers to assist in producing the products, with the support of Nga Kete.

“We can all help someone somewhere and we are positively resourcing women and girls,” she said.

The international reusable menstrual kits included shields, liners, underwear, a transport bag, washcloth, soap, care instructions and a bag to carry it all. The local kits included shields, liners, and a carry bag. The products were washable, reusable and if taken care of properly would last at least three years, Ms Hill said.

The products will be sewn by local volunteers with fabric donated by members of the community.

The products would then be either sent overseas to developing countries, or donated to local wahine (women) in need.

“I wouldn’t want my own daughter to have to sit on cardboard and miss out on school, and if I can help change it for someone else’s daughter I will do that,” Ms Hill said.

“We can all help someone somewhere. I am just starting with Southland women and girls.”

Nga Kete had 40 kits available, she said.

To find out more about accessing a kit, or about joining the group, phone Taylor Hill on 22 083 9357 or email taylor.hill@kaitahu.maori.nz.

Any fabric donations would be gratefully accepted (medium/dark colours, no animal or cultural prints and 100% cotton) to Nga Kete, 92 Spey St, Level 2.

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