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Sewing group makes masks for Buderim maternity ward

Giving Back
April 06, 2020

When Noela Troyhan discovered Buderim Hospital’s maternity ward was in dire need of surgical masks, the Halcyon Lakeside homeowner came to the rescue.

“My daughter Tara is a midwife and she told me they were short of masks so she asked me if I could help as it is difficult for the nurses to be able to do their job and stay 1.5 metres away from the mums and bubs,” she said.

Enlisting two of her friends, Noela’s group managed to sew 45 masks which are made from scraps of fabric, lined in soft cotton and have a surgical filter inserted to protect the medical staff who are wearing them.

"Thank you to mum and the Halcyon sewers for these Olson face masks,” Noela’s daughter Tara said.

“We don’t want to use up the limited supply of masks that the hospital has for high-risk patients.  

“All of the midwives are really happy as they are colorful and comfy.’’

Noela said it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to cut the pattern, sew the mask on the sewing machine and insert the filters and pipe cleaners needed to help raise the nose area.

“We’re making more masks for the community and we’re going to charge $5 for each, which covers the materials and any additional money will go back into our craft group.