A stitch in time to help girls out


Queenstown’s Altrusa club is taking a practical approach to showing support for girls around the world.

Members are getting involved in an international project called Days For Girls, which involves sewing reusable sanitary products for students in developing countries.

Altrusa Queenstown president Margaret Melhop says the project was started by an American woman, Celeste Mergens, who saw girls in Kenya being unable to attend school for one week a month, because they had their period.

“They were also isolated by their families, because they were considered unclean,” Melhop says.

She says Altrusa New Zealand decided to take up the cause as an international service project. Not all NZ clubs are taking part, but the Queens-town chapter wants to get involved.

They had their first working bee last night, and will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Man St’s Senior Citizens rooms.

“We would like to get other people involved, and to encourage them to join us for future workshops.”

To get involved, contact Melhop at president.queenstown@altrusa.org.nz