13 Jun 2017
In this Champions post, we celebrate the fabulous community spirit and commitment to BKFA provided by long term Zontian, Margaret White. Margaret says:
“My sister Judith and I are members of Zonta Club of Northern Beaches. When we first saw the Birthing Kit program we jumped at the opportunity as it ticked all the boxes of a Zonta project providing both service and advocacy. For us, the outcome is the main inspiration. Practical support and the opportunity to raise awareness of the needs of others while living in such a privileged country”.
Now an annual event, Margaret tells us that she was involved in the very first packing day when they had to cut the plastic from a roll!
What’s more, around 5 years ago, Margaret discussed with a teacher the idea of using it as a teaching tool in schools. They have now just completed the 5th annual packing day at Mackellar Girls Campus and in August will pack kits at Barrenjoey High School bringing together students, guide leaders, and locals. What an amazing example of community outreach and engagement!
Margaret tells us that the best thing about being involved in this cause is “Saving lives, supporting mothers, sharing the cause and getting more people interested”. She says “On my own I can’t do much, this way we can achieve so much”.
When asked for her greatest memories she recounts many; the 13 year old boy busking at the supermarket with a BKFA banner, a table of pregnant Mums talking about their upcoming deliveries and the looks on the faces on the students every time they’re asked “where do you expect to deliver your baby? In hospital or on a sheet of black plastic?”
Margaret, we thank you for your fantastic support of BKFA, and your wonderful community spirit!