People and Places
Volunteers scrub up to support our nurses

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a surge of gratitude for frontline medical staff around the world, prompting one Peninsula group to spring into action in support of our nurses. Hearing that nursing staff at Rosebud Hospital needed more scrubs, volunteers from Mount Martha’s Boomerang Bags group decided to do something about it.

“We normally make fabric shopping bags to help people reduce their use of plastic bags and we’re proud to have made 3300 so far,” said co-ordinator Robyn Ruhl. “Making scrubs is a far more ambitious project but we really wanted to support our nurses. The Shire was very generous and donated a lot of fabric to kick-start our efforts. Word then got out and we’ve since had fabulous materials given to us by the public.”

So far, the group’s 10 members have made 30 scrubs in an array of colourful patterns for the nurses. News has spread and the group was recently contacted by a nurse at Frankston Hospital with a view to supporting its staff as well.

 “It’s easy to get blue thinking about how terrible this pandemic is,” Robyn said, “but if you have a purpose and can focus on doing something positive, it really can help you get through it.”

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