KCLC craft group contributing reusable masks for community

By Jared Prestwidge

THE Kyabram Community and Learning Centre’s craft group has been hard at work over the past few weeks, having made over 300 reusable masks for the community.

The three-layer cotton face masks, which are available for $5 each, can be picked up from the KCLC front desk.

All funds raised from the masks will go straight back into the community centre.

Craft group member Leslie Lowe, who came up with idea, said she had made more than 100 masks already.

“I just thought it was a good project for the girls to work on. We’ve all got sewing skills and it’s great for the community centre,” she said.

“My husband keeps asking me if I’m sick of it, but I’m not really. It’s been fun.”

Leslie said the only issue had been the lack of available 6mm and narrow elastic, and that anyone able to spare any should contact KCLC.

KCLC acting chief executive Vicki Huggard said there had been an immense response from the community.

“We’ve been sold out on occasions. The community see the need, we’ve all been mandated to wear them. The disposable ones can be costly and the supply of them can be challenging,” she said.

Ms Huggard said those looking for masks would still able to get them from KCLC despite the stage three restrictions.

“At the moment, everyone is in clean-up so we can close for the next six weeks. Our craft group will be doing them from home because they won’t be able to come back to the premises until the six weeks are up,” she said.

“We’ve got orders coming in for disposable and reusable masks from the Campaspe Shire and the Department of Human Health and Services. We’ve also bought some masks ourselves. The fundraiser is also funding the disposable masks that we require and we hand out to those who need them.”

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