Nepean Valley Trefoil Guild are very proud to be partnered with the Aussie** Bangla Smile Project, and have been since its inception. (** Aussie is an abbreviation for Australian).
The Aussie Bangla Smile team travelled to Bangladesh to perform facial surgery on children and a few adults from remote villages. The team consisted of two surgeons, two anaesthetists, three scrub and scout nurses and three anaesthetic nurses.
(The Aussie Bangla Smile Project involves a voluntary surgical team under the umbrella of Rotary International. The project carries out cleft lip/palate, burn contracture and birth defect corrective plastic surgeries in remote regions of Bangladesh).
Our support role is to provide for the children small bags containing a few things they may / may not have access to. Colouring in pencils, paper, toothbrush etc. Last year the team decided to also perform surgery on babies. So naturally we set about putting together a pack for them also. We supply a few essentials, which include a soft toy and a bib. We found small soft toys difficult to find. After securing a donated pattern and the rights to mass produce the “mice for charity”, we set about collecting donations of fabric, stuffing and cord for the tails. We were fortunate in receiving a very large quantity of fabric and have now added bibs to our sewing endeavours. Production of the mice and bibs is well under way – we are in need of towelling backing fabric for the bibs.
While none of us are professional seamstresses, (the 100% perfect mouse and or bib is yet to be made), we are proud of our mice and bibs.