Boys and Birthing Kits?

by Julie Watts – Round Square Coordinator



Congratulations are in order! Sandy Hickson (BID), a Year 12 student and a member of the Round Square Executive Team, recently decided to try something new in his role in working with the Year 10 Leadership boys. He undertook some research and was horrified to discover that in developing countries over 800 women a day die giving birth. These numbers would easily be reduced if the women had access to a few simple items such as soap and a sterile scalpel.

Sandy contacted the organisation, ‘Birthing Kit Foundation’, and submitted a proposal to Round Square to try and gain a £500 grant for his project.

The proposal was accepted with the proviso that Sandy keep detailed reports, raised further funds to pay for the kits and also made a short documentary at the end of his project.

Six hundred kits arrived at TSS and Sandy went to work, educating the Year 10 boys on what they were for and how to carefully pack the kits. He organised a sausage sizzle at the House Drama for two nights, to raise further funds, and is now organising an afternoon with Years 11 and 12 St Hilda’s girls, where they will work together to complete as many kits as possible.

Sandy will also be asking for a gold coin donation on our upcoming Well-being Day to complete his fundraising.

This has been an incredible effort from Sandy and the other boys involved. It is fantastic to see our boys thinking about women and finding unique ways of helping them.



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