Making Birthing Kits – Assembly Days
The majority of our Birthing Kits are made here in Australia, thanks to the generosity of our supporters who give their time to both raise funds and organise an Assembly Day. Groups of friends, family or colleagues gather together to put together the six components of the birthing kit into press seal bags. Pictured right is the Mansfield Medical Clinic Assembly Day.
Assembly Days are held for many reasons, including birthdays, baby showers, Mother’s Day or anniversary celebrations.
What do you need to know about holding an Assembly Day? The BKFA Assembly Day Manual provides all the information you need and you can view it here.
Your financial contribution
The BKFA has always relied on the generosity of its supporters to cover the cost of the supplies and transport of the kits. As the project has grown and developed over the years, we have recognised the importance of ensuring that changes to birthing practices are sustainable. By supporting training programs and the production of birthing kits at the local level, we hope to achieve the greatest success – that kits are readily available locally and no longer needed from us. A Birthing Kit costs just $3 which enables us to fully fund the cost of supplies and transport, contributes to sustainability projects and covers the administration costs associated with managing kit production and distribution (not the administration of BKFA as an organisation). Kits can be assembled in multiples of 200 ($600) and the minimum number for an Assembly Day is 200 kits.
We are a registered partner of and highly recommend mycause.com.au for all online fundraising. Here you can simply set up a page which is linked to Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, then rally up your friends and family for donations in support of your Assembly Day. The Birthing Kit Foundation page can be found here – just click on the Assembly Day section!
Organising an Assembly Day
Assembly Days are great fun and a perfect way to gather friends, family, colleagues or your local community group together to raise funds for a meaningful cause. The Assembly Day Manual contains clear instructions on hosting a successful Assembly Day. Once you’ve read the manual, and have decided you would like to go ahead, please complete the Assembly Day Booking Form and email it to our Assembly Day Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to PO Box 330, Belair SA 5052. We need to receive your booking form at least 8 weeks prior to your Assembly Day. Our Finance Officer will then invoice you with your payment required 4 weeks prior to your Assembly Day. If there are any problems with this please contact our Assembly Day Coordinator at email@example.com to discuss.
Attend an Assembly Day near you
If you would like to volunteer at an Assembly Day, take a look at the Upcoming Assembly Day Listing to see if there is one near you that needs your help, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are a Zonta Club, your first priority in supporting international projects is to support the Zonta International service projects. One third of all fund raising is allocated each year to support Zonta international projects. These funds are crucial to the success of our Zonta International projects. To support BKFA any funds used need to come from the remaining two thirds of your fund raising. We ask Zonta Clubs not to divert funds usually destined for Zonta International to BKFA.
A note about soap
As we request that soap is purchased locally, we offer reimbursement for this cost after the event. Please click here to download the soap reimbursement form. Further information is available in the Assembly Day Manual.
Work Health and Safety
If you are holding an Assembly Day, it is important that you are aware of BKFA’s Work Health and Safety policy which may be viewed here. The purpose of this policy is to make volunteers and others aware of work health and safety obligations and responsibilities. It covers the requirements of relevant work health and safety legislation and regulations and provides reference to additional work health and safety resources. BKFA is obliged to share this policy with all volunteers and groups undertaking an Assembly Day.