In September and October 2021, whilst still in lockdown (5km travel radius) volunteers from the Melbourne Church of Christ were creative in collecting donated items and passing them from volunteer to volunteer so the hygiene packs could reach a central point for packing and delivery to Fiji. Jo Donado, the HOPE rep in Melbourne organised the logistics and managed to pack 18-20 boxes and DHL picked them up for delivery to Fiji! Items included: shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, body lotion, napkins, infant formula, nappies, wipes, baby clothes, breast pads, maternity pads as well as some HOPE T-shirts.
The hygiene and maternity items will be used at the main maternity hospital in Nadi, where women frequently attend to give birth without any of these basic but essential items.
A big thank you to members of the Melbourne Church of Christ for working together to make this happen!