Brisbane mum to send 100 masks to Malawi hospital

Workers in Malawi are forced to reuse single-use masks (The Catholic Leader)

Friends of a young Catholic woman on mission at a hospital in Malawi that can’t afford to purchase new face masks for its staff are preparing to send a gift of 100 fabric face masks. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Catholic mum and Ignite Youth staff member Nattasha Mierendorf saw a Facebook post written by her friend Danielle Mourits, who is living with the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Mangochi, in the southern region of Malawi.

The Sisters run a community hospital but have been struggling to afford new face masks for their staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff are re-using their single-use face masks more than once, sometimes for up to two weeks depending on its condition.

Ms Mierendorf said after reading the post she immediately felt called to commit to sending 100 masks to the hospital.

Within a week she had 30 masks from the Brisbane Canossian Sisters.

The mother of two is also planning to shake the dust off her sewing machine to make many more, with help from a stranger at Spotlight.

While purchasing fabric to make the masks, Ms Mierendorf saw a friend of a friend in the queue who asked what she was working on. After explaining the 100 masks project, the mutual friend offered to purchase twice the amount of material for Ms Mierendorf.

“I’m hoping to try and get to 100 before the end of September and send over a pack then.”



Brisbane mum to send 100 masks to friend working in Malawi hospital (The Catholic Leader)

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