Guides provide a home for Makuta

Belinda Krull of Makuta, outside the Scouts Hall

After weeks of basing itself in one of the founders’ homes, Makuta, the fundraising initiative to raise money to support the mental health of local youth, now has a headquarters for its production and distribution, thanks to the Kiama Girl Guides.

COVID restrictions have meant their cottage in Hindmarsh Park has been largely lying idle, and the Guides have offered it to Makuta until Christmas.

“We are so grateful to them,” says Rachel Peedom

“It is a much more sustainable space than my place.

“We’ll be able to have small sewing bees here on a regular basis, and use it as our storage and distribution centre.”

A massive effort by around 100 volunteers has enabled Makuta to catch up with fulfilling the orders for its reusable facemasks.

“People were so supportive right from the start that we had a backlog. The orders have now slowed down to a sustainable level, which is just what was needed.

“We don’t want our volunteers to wear themselves out.”

So far, $25,000 has been raised. An announcement on the first funding to be granted will be made soon.

The masks are on sale each Wednesday at the Kiama Farmers’ Market and from makutayouth.org

To volunteer to help, contact them at info@makutayouth.org

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