HTM During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Obviously the current situation is concerning for everyone.  

Please see this post about our storefront - we are now working as a collection point for on-line orders only

One of the most common questions we are receiving is about cleaning ingredients like Isopropyl alcohol, which we sell in-store only.  We are limiting quantities of Isopropyl to a maximum of 500ml per customer.  Of course, we will continue to order stock from our suppliers as quickly as we can, however as you can imagine this is proving difficult.

We, of course, will be practising the recommended health procedures, including cleaning surfaces regularly, handwashing and making sure there's appropriate distance.

 

Regarding Volunteer Workshops and Days for Girls

 

We have received the following notice from DfG founder Celeste Mergens at Days for Girls International which means all of our sew days and events are cancelled from now until the 31st of April 2020.

We at Ferntree Gully DfG are currently in the fortunate position that we have plenty of packed kits and finished components should we have any requests come in at short notice so a reduction in production will not be a cause for great concern.

We invite those who would like to continue to sew, overlock or other jobs from home to come past the workshop and collect pre packed work (only if you are well). 

We are in worrying times but hope our community will stay in touch with one another and support each other in any way we can. Please reach out to the leadership team if you need any help.

We hope this message finds you well. As a global health organization, the safety of communities and all Days for Girls volunteers, team members, supporters is very important to us. While coronavirus (COVID-19)* continues to impact us all, we wanted to take a moment to reach out and share our ongoing commitment to best health practices.

Effective immediately, all DfG volunteer community events around the world are advised to be paused or postponed until after April 30th. This includes Chapter and Team sew and assembly days, and events, though people may continue to serve at home privately.

In addition, Days for Girls is closely monitoring and following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure that we are doing our part as responsible global citizens.  

 

We urge you to do the same and follow all travel and public gathering guidelines given by your local public health and other relevant agencies.

 

Let’s make this global commitment to guidelines set by experts:

 

  • Take everyday precautions

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  

    • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.  

    • Stay home if you’re sick… at all. 

    • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. 

    • Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.

    • Take everyday preventive actions:

      • Wash and encourage others to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. We are global champs at this, let’s put that expertise to work and set an example.

      • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

      • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.

      • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

      • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)

      • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation especially if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

      • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips.

  • If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.

    • Stay home as much as possible.

      • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

As this unfolds, we will all be making adjustments to the way we live, work, and volunteer. Let’s work together for the good of all. Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your regional representative or direct supervisor.  We are committed to working together to support one another through this rapidly evolving situation. Let’s be champion hand washers and have good courage. With precautions, we can help keep more people well and soon things will return to normal and we’ll enjoy shared larger gatherings again. Stay safe. You matter.

 

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