Kolbe Catholic College leads community mask-making effort

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18 August 2020

With face masks now compulsory across Melbourne, Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes, has taken the initiative to coordinate a project to produce and deliver masks to individuals and organisations in its local community.

In addition to drawing on its students, staff and families, the college has formed partnerships with local retirement villages and council wellbeing groups to assist with mask production.

Principal Nick Scully said the college decided to launch ‘The Kolbe Mask Making Project’ with the aim of making as many masks as possible to be donated to needy local community members and those providing essential services, including Northern Hospital Epping.
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‘During 2020, we have clearly faced many new challenges, but these challenges have also brought opportunities to reach out and help each other’, he said.

‘In addition to contributing to the health and safety effort, the project also aims to promote a sense of connectedness when many may feel isolated and vulnerable.

‘We also hope the project brings the participants some joy and satisfaction during the challenging period of Stage 4 restrictions.’

Mr Scully said the masks produced would be made to comply with the relevant health and safety standards.

‘Any individuals or community organisations interested in participating in this project should contact the college or visit the website for details’, he said.

The college’s strong focus on community service is inspired by the example of its patron, St Maximilian Kolbe, who emulated service to others throughout his life.