When the new mask-wearing rule was introduced, Moonee Valley Council’s Healthy Ageing team were thinking about their elderly clients.
These are the residents our team are still visiting through the pandemic (with all the safety requirements in place) to help with essential services including welfare checks, shopping for food and essential travel to doctors and health appointments.
The team did a call out, asking community groups to make reusable masks for their isolated clients and the offers came flooding in.
17 local residents are volunteering their time and have so far sewn 40 face coverings that will be delivered by our home care workers.
Among them, Avondale Heights resident Shelagh, 82, and her friend Filomena who are both members of the Australian Sewing Guild who meet in Moonee Ponds.
Having already made masks for family members, Shelagh was ready to sew as soon as she heard there was a need.
“It was a pleasure to be doing them for people, who perhaps, couldn’t do them themselves, couldn’t get out and get materials,” she said.
Together they made a dozen masks, donating not only their time but materials too.
“In cases like this it’s important to let the need be known because we wouldn’t have thought of it,” Shelagh said.
Moonee Valley City Council Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne thanked all the volunteers for their efforts.
“It’s times like this where our community spirit shines,” Cr Byrne said.
“It’s heart-warming to see how quickly people responded to the call out and their generosity in helping their neighbours in need.”
If you’d like to join these sewing superstars and donate masks contact Moonee Valley Council Healthy Ageing Officer Cassie on 9243 1422.
Note: unfortunately, at this stage, we’re only able to provide donated masks to residents who are currently receiving home care services.
However, Council will soon receive masks to distribute to vulnerable members of our community. To find out more call us on 03 9243 8888.