Zonta Breast Care Cushions provide comfort to women in the post-operative phase of breast surgery. Cushions are supplied to most hospitals in each area and are then distributed by Breast Care Nurses. Throughout the year Zonta Clubs in this District and others in Australia hold sewing bees to make these sought-after cushions. The Zonta Breast Care Cushion aids recovery by providing comfort when sleeping, and to protect against bumps and when wearing seatbelts.
The feedback received from recipients has been positive, with one woman noting that receiving the cushion was a turning point for her in helping to change her outlook and feel more positive.
The Zonta Club of Sydney had a club member that designed the cushion in 1994 after hearing from a guest speaker about the difficulty of recovering from breast surgery. Her idea was to give post-operative comfort to women and thereby aid their recovery. In 2002, Zonta International District 24 took this up as a District project and District 23 followed suit shortly thereafter. Later on in 2005, District 16 (New Zealand) and countries as diverse as Germany, Canada, the USA and Macedonia have joined in the effort.
Since then, thousands of women around Australia have benefited from this project. Many women find the cushion very comfortable when resting and sleeping; others also wear it under loose fitting outer garments.
Want to know more information contact the Zonta Club of Gawler Inc.
Project coordinator: Robyn Ruchel