Project keeps babies warm

2019-04-09 06:01
Volunteers pack for the babies.

Volunteers pack for the babies.

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The Lions Club of Tokai held a packing event for their Naked Baby Project last Saturday.

The club made up baby packs with blankets, clothes, nappies, and these were distributed to community maternity units including False Bay, Retreat, Vanguard, Mowbray, plus safe homes, for mothers who need assistance with something for their new-borns.

A record number of 345 packs were donated by people as far as Germany, or that was knitted by Mez Wallach, seniors who knit for the project plus many other people knit and donate.

The Naked Baby Project was started about seven years ago. One of the club’s volunteers Dianne Powell who worked for the department of health as an optometrist at the time noticed that babies were struggling without warm clothes. Some mothers had to go home with their babies wrapped in paper towels or dressing gowns and she talked to the club to see if anything can be done to help these mothers and their babies.

Lions Club of Tokai president Jules Blake says it all started at a small scale but everything has grown so much ever since. “We have got several donations and we pack them and give them to maternity matrons who will then distribute them to mothers in need. The project has snowballed, and we get donations from all over the world,” she says. They also have people that have given their time to knit for the project hence they are able to help more children. “It is a wonderful project and this last packing was incredible. We had a lot of bags hence we can keep more babies warm,” she says.

The brainchild of the idea, Powell, says she couldn’t sit and do nothing after she saw how babies had to go home. “My heart bled for them. Babies had to be discharged in paper towels and that was not right. With then coming from an area with no Lions Club or Rotaract no one really took notice of them. I just knew I had to do something for these babies and that is how the project started,” she says.V For more information or to donate call 084 060 6155

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