On Saturday, September 28, guests gathered at Fatima Hall for a high tea hosted by 'Days for Girls' to raise funds for materials to create more sanitary kits for women and girls in Dili, Timor Leste.
A selection of tasty cakes and slices were made by the women from Lithgow and Portland.
Project coordinator Pat Roy said it was a wonderful way to come together for a good cause.
"Guests even bring their family air looms out of the cupboard and use them for the table setting," she said.
To date, women from Lithgow and Portland have sent 1345 feminine hygiene kits to Dili with another 200 ready for packing in November.
"We have around 25 ladies come help sew and prepare the kits, it has also been a time for great friendship," she said.
Mrs Roy said the sustainable kits have changed the lives of many women and girls who are less fortunate.
"The kits have given them all a better quality of life and given them back their dignity," she said.
She said without the generous donations and fundraising efforts it would not be possible to make the kits.
"If we were to purchase all the materials for each kit we would have spent $20,000 as each kits costs about $15 to make.
"We are always grateful for any donation of cash, undies, washers and any cotton material," she said.
Mrs Roy wanted to thank those who attended the fundraising high tea.
Days for Girls also sent 124 pamper packs to farmer's wives in Coonamble to provide some relief during the ongoing drought.
"Each pack contained assorted toiletries, chocolates, IGA vouchers and a small gesture to let them know we were thinking of them. Hopefully we can do this again early next year," Mrs Roy said.
- You can donate material for the project at St Patrick's Presbytery or call Joan Applin on 0411 025 956.
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