THROUGH the sheer generosity of the south-west community more than 130 packs with everyday necessities for mothers and newborns will be sent to Papua New Guinea.
Friends Jo Pruis and Jayne Hatherall were behind the local project, which lured about 50 people to help fill the mother-baby packs for the Highlands Foundation at the Guide Hall in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The packs consist of a homemade bag made out of a pillowcase, filled with jump suits, cloth nappies, singlets, beanies, booties, cardigans and a piece of clothing for when the baby is older.
For the mother the pack included sanitary pads, a nightie, a maternity bra, underwear and soap, along with a small present for mother and baby.
The foundation was set up by two midwives from Melbourne to address the high infant and maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea, often due to maternal infection post-delivery and infant pneumonia.
It’s expected the packs will be sent to Papua New Guinea by the end of the year.
Ms Hatherall and Ms Prius came across the foundation on Facebook and set up a south-west arm.
Ms Hatherall said they have had fantastic support from Rotary clubs, CWAs and op shops along with individuals during the past several months.
“It’s been really inspirational,” she said.
“We’re very overwhelmed and touched by people’s generosity. We’ve both been blown away.
“As soon as we put a little call out, people responded. It’s something practical that people can do.
“We want to give a massive thank you to those that came on the day or have either helped in some way, shape, or form.
“It’s been a privilege to get to know other members of the community.”