Breast Care Cushions
This project was initiated by Anne Selle, a member of Zonta Club of Botany Bay in 1995 to help a friend recovering from Breast Surgery. Since then thousands of women around Australia have benefited from receiving a breast cushion.
The Zonta Breast Care Cushion aids recovery by allowing the woman to sit, sleep and rest comfortably. About 2% of breast cancers occur in men, and the Zonta cushions are provided to men when needed.
This has been an endorsed Zonta service project in all districts in Australia since 2001. The Fleurieu Peninsula club began making breast cushions in 2000 along with other Zonta clubs in SA. In 2002-3 Breast Care Cushions became a major project for District 23 clubs including our club.
Our members, local friends of Zonta, supporters and sewing groups assist with the making and filling of these cushions, with materials bought with proceeds of fundraising activities and donations.
Zonta Fleurieu cushions are sent to Flinders Medical Centre and other hospitals if required. During 2016-2017 our club has sent out 415 cushions and has made over 4,000 cushions overall.