In order to survive the impact of COVID-19, businesses are urged to 'pivot' and rethink how to use what they have in a different way, in order to capture new opportunities.  Rotary Richmond are no different... 
Since 2018, a group of volunteers from Richmond Rotary have been meeting twice per week to sew quality washable sanitary components for Days for Girls - an international grassroots organisation who are changing the status quo, through quality menstrual care solutions, health education and income generating opportunities. With COVID-19 reappearing in our communities, the team of volunteers wanted to change to making a sustainable mask solution to keep people safe. 
Continuing to meet twice per week and sewing with 100% colourful cotton, the expert sewers came up with 3 mask designs and have been selling these for $10 each.

The masks have been well received and over 180 have been sold so far.  Local businesses have purchased them for their staff and individuals have been very supportive, knowing that they are helping a project that raises awareness for period poverty.  Days for Girls continues to grow both locally and internationally.
Their usual menstrual kits have gone to India, Cambodia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and have also provided to local agencies such as Salvation Army, Red Cross, Women's Refuge, Health care Centres. These kits are keeping girls in school and are providing a sustainable menstrual product.