Willaura community groups have been busy with their sewing machines creating face masks for elderly residents and vulnerable families.
The Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary and Willaura and District Quilters have donated reusable masks to the Ararat Rural City Community Relief Centre.
Auxiliary president Ruth Gellert said they were happy to assist the Ararat Rural City Community Relief Centre by producing masks.
"Auxiliary members have been unable to volunteer at Willaura Healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we were pleased to be able to do something to help others, and members of the Willaura Quilters were also keen to get on board for this project," she said.
When masks were made mandatory in Victoria, many elderly and vulnerable people were unable to access either disposable or reusable masks.
The Community Relief Centre has been operating since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and is available for people if they need help accessing food, medical supplies and other essential items, as well as providing support for those feeling isolated.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison thanked members of the Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary and Willaura and District Quilters for their generous gesture.
"We appreciate the work of all the wonderful volunteers from the auxiliary and quilters group that have contributed reusable masks to the Community Relief Centre," Dr Harrison said.
"The colourful array of masks are delightful, and really well-made, and I know the people who have received them really appreciate now having masks for when they venture outside their homes."
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