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Zonta International

District 23

Our Service Projects

Local Projects:

Breast Care Cushions

cushion The Zonta Club of the Adelaide Hills supports the District 23 Breast Care cushion project. The Zonta Breast Care cushions are provided as a community service, as comfort to women (and men) in the post-operative phase of breast surgery. The cushion is used for support while sleeping, protection while shopping or from pressure of a seat belt, and for comfort. Cushions are distributed to Adelaide and country hospitals in conjunction with other Zonta clubs as a District 23 project. Distribution in hospitals is by Breast Care Nurses. They are made by members and friends of Zonta Clubs.Throughout the year Zonta Clubs in this District and others in Australia hold sewing bees to make these sought-after cushions. The feedback received from recipients has been positive, with one woman noting that receiving the cushion was a turning point for her in helping to change her outlook and feel more positive.

I Care Bags

icare contents

The bags contain an assortment of items: many have been donated.

They include:
Drawing books and scrapbooks
Pencils, pencil case, eraser and other stationery
A Diary
Toiletries, including toothpaste and toothbrushes

The “I Care ” Bags are given to the Domestic Violence & Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service who distribute them to women & children in crisis situations who may have to spend time in a motel or shelter accommodation and arrive with nothing.

We have been supporting this project since 2007.

Days For Girls





A simple bag of items that costs less than $10 changes lives in such real ways.
It’s simple
It’s basic
It s vital

Giving back Days... one girl at a time.
The Days for Girls project partners with Days for Girls Australia in helping girls, communities and nations to have sanitary solutions they can count on, while bringing greater understanding to individuals, leaders and communities of the value of women for the good of all. Days for Girls provides washable feminine hygiene kits to girls and women who would otherwise go without, enabling them to not miss valuable days from their education or employment. For more information please see the Days for Girls Australia website.

Getting Started baskets for Louise Place


The baskets (washing baskets or buckets) include:
Clothes washing detergent and pegs, dish washing liquid and kitchen sponges, dust pan and broom, a set of sheets and pillow cases, cot sheets, baby towel, Napisan, disposable nappies and baby wipes, flannels, hand towels, formula and a Snuggle rug made by the Club members

Louise Place is a 24 hour supported accommodation facility for young, single women (18 years and under) who are pregnant or parenting. These young women have come from abusive home environments and have been subject to repetitive physical and sexual violence. Some of the women are as young as 13 years old. They usually arrive confused, traumatised, lonely and often scared. Louise Place provides them with a safe environment to learn new skills to live independently, to gain emotional and pregnancy support and to learn parenting skills. These services are provided to approximately 30 young women each year.

The Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills Inc. has partnered with Louise Place to assist in achieving independence through the “Getting Started Baskets”. Each young woman who transitions through the Louise Place program will receive a basket to take with them into their independent living environment. As the goal of Zonta International is to “Enhance the Status of Women”, the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills members believe that this simple project will make a huge difference to the lives of young women who are embarking on a new journey with their new baby. Our gift will be a symbol of caring, understanding and hope for their futures.

Expect Respect Project

Expect Respect is an advocacy initiative which aims to heighten awareness in children, adults and the community of the need for respect in relationships, especially towards women and children.

International Projects:

Birthing kits

Our Birthing kit Project is carried out in conjunction with the Birthing Kit Foundation.

Provision of compact individual birthing kits to enable a safe and clean birthing environment. These are distributed to developing countries to be used by traditional birthing attendants.

1m x 1m plastic sheet for the mother to lie on
A piece of soap
2 gloves
5 gauze squares
3 cord ties or 2 clamps
Sterile scalpel blade.
All contained in a small press seal plastic bag.

The birthing kits are made at Assembly Days by Zonta members, family, friends and potential new members. 2000 birthing kits can be assembled in 4 hours with 40 volunteers. Zonta clubs make them in conjunction with the Birthing Kit. Assembly Days are a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and for potential new members and friends to hear about our project.

How can your Zonta club help?
Over 1,000,000 kits have been made and distributed through 40 organisations to 30 countries since 2004!
Clubs in Australia and overseas – contact the Birthing Kit Foundation to organise an Assembly day of your own. Have a look at their website for details https://www.bkfa.org.au

KIVA microfinancing loans

The club is donating funds to the KIVA microfinance project. KIVA lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Check out their website for more details. KIVA http://www.kiva.org/home

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Last modified: 23/3/2018
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PO Box 799
Blackwood, SA 5051