Sewing for dignity

Locals Wendy, Penny, Kathy, Julie, Wendy and Sue usually meet at Cathy House, however they now sew from home and catch up outdoors due to Covid

Locals Wendy, Penny, Kathy, Julie, Wendy and Sue usually meet at Cathy House, however they now sew from home and catch up outdoors due to Covid

One of the little known disruptions Covid has caused is the inability for local community groups and charities to work from their usual venues.

The Tin Can Bay Sewing Ladies used to get together weekly at Cathy House, but now they sew at home and just meet up for a cuppa to stay in touch.

The ladies sew ‘dignity’ and ‘mother of baby’ packs and drop them off to Leith Juzeliunas, the caretaker at Cathy House who sends them to The Hands of Rescue

The not-for-profit organisation based in Papua New Guinea encourages mothers to have a safe supervised delivery in their health centres, rather than unsupervised delivery in their village, by offering the packs.

The mostly retired ladies now total 25 and were spotted together at the Tin Can Bay RSL park enjoying each other’s company, friendship and having a great laugh.

The ladies said they make about 100 dignity packs a month and 100 mums and bubs packs plus they also send boot, bonnet, jackets, singlets, napplies, layettes and rugs as the mothers have so little.

If you have any material or thread you are able to donate please just drop it into Leith at Cathy House. They prefer dark colours and bright prints, towling, flannel, cloth nappies in good condition, wool for knitting and crochet cotton.

If you would like to get involved or can donate just call Cathy House on 5486 4391.