By BILAL SALOO
Dewsbury based group, Femmes de Paix, have recently undertaken a project to deliver First Aid boxes to families in Syria.
Working in partnership with the Heckmondwike Grammar School Sixth Form MedSoc (Medical Society), the medical First Aid or ‘MedBox’ project was run to help families living in war-torn countries and areas of crisis by providing basic and necessary medical first aid equipment. The project was sponsored by Tesco Batley Extra and Darul Ilm Mosque in Dewsbury, whose students also helped fill some boxes.
At least 50 ‘Medboxes’ have been distributed earlier this year by a charity in Idlib, Syria, providing support to approximately 50 families, with each box containing a translated handwritten letter from students, expressing their thoughts and wishes for the families they were being sent to.
Each individually decorated box contained basic painkillers, antiseptic creams, plasters, bandages, cotton pads, antiseptic wipes, sanitary towels, emergency foil blankets, nappy bags, hand sanitizers, dental care, cough capsules, digital thermometers, safety pins and scissors.
In addition to the medical supplies, the MedSoc students organised a bake sale to help raise funds and awareness of the project, raising almost £150 in their lunch hour.
Speaking about the project, Heckmondwike Grammar School’s Deputy Director of Sixth Form, Ross Oxby, said:
“We have been delighted by the success of MedSoc, which has proved to be a popular part of our student-run enrichment programme, taking in everything from practice interviews, first aid training and, of course, the MedBox project in support of Femmes de Paix. We are immensely proud of the students’ initiative, organisation and generosity in supporting this incredibly valuable and successful charity project, and are especially grateful to Aaisha for leading it. The group reflects what is best about our school and the students who make it the wonderful place that it is.”
Set up in March 2017, Femmes de Paix is a team of five young women from Dewsbury who met through volunteering. Their aim is to advance access to healthcare and healthcare education as well as encouraging people to work together and make a difference in their communities.
A spokesperson for the group said:
“The group really value unity and are passionate about healthcare. It’s for this reason that the Medbox Project was a very meaningful project for the team. Femmes De Paix’s motto is ‘individually we make a difference, together we bring change’ and this is what the group is striving to achieve.”
The voluntary, charitable youth group have previously raised money for Cancer Research and sold desserts to fund health projects overseas. They have most notably made a name for themselves by volunteering to speak at local events on behalf of the youth of Dewsbury.
They are currently looking to try and organise a platform to hep aspiring young health professionals gain mentoring, shadowing, learning and networking opportunities within the health sector by setting up school and community support groups.