Bellarine & Beyond Personal Protection Equipment Sewing Society
The Bellarine & Beyond Personal Protection Equipment Sewing Society was created in March 2020 when hearing of COVID-19 and the shortage of PPE within medical circles. Geelong Theatre Sister Jenny Graham designed gowns made from recycled fabric used solely to cover instrument trays. She bagged and delivered the fabric to a group of willing sewing volunteers in the Bellarine area.
The Kimguard squares were joined, then cut on a table tennis table in a new garage, packaged with ties and placed in a secluded area ready for collection. The 50 machinists worked in their homes, collecting and returning completed items to the garage once on daily works. A chat and sense of achievement being part of a useful activity during a period of isolation, seemed beneficial to many.
More Kimguard fabric was needed so Edwina Smith volunteered to collect it from St Vincent’s Hospital. Our volunteer non sewing drivers collected and delivered material to the garage sewing centre for packaging and distribution. The gowns have been used locally by Barwon Health, The Lara Health Centres and various Bush Nursing Hospitals in NSW, and transported by truck and barge to Timor-Este. The work continues with less people and less urgency as Australia comes to grip with the Pandemic. Rosalind Jamieson
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