1 Jul 2014
4 Nov 2007
The Australian Defence Forces (ADF) transport a limited amount of life-saving humanitarian aid on a ‘space-available’ basis and in 2008 3,600 birthing kits, provided by the Foundation, went to Afghanistan. They could be fitted into their consignments because of their size and weight. We received great publicity through the ADF as you can see below. “Mrs. Judith White from the Zonta Club of Sydney Northern Beaches, holds up Birthing Kits that her club have made for the women of Afghanistan. With her is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Senior Non Commissioned Office (NCO) in charge of cargo consolidation Sergeant Neil Johnson, and Australian Army Private (PTE) Jake Potaka senior cargo consolidation. All are sitting on a pallet load of the Zonta made Birthing Kits ready to send to expectant mothers overseas.
In 2009 over 43,000 Kits were also sent via the ADF to Afghanistan to help the women and children in this country.
The BKFA wishes to thank former Defence Ministers, Hon Brendon Nelson MP and Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, for giving approval for kits to be transported into Afghanistan via the ADF.