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Almost 1500 Masks for Papua New Guinea and Counting…

Sisters and Friends – Back row – Claudia Apalenda RSM, Petronella, Margaret Roni RSM, Meryline Yasaku RSM and Veronica. Front row – Mariska Kua RSM and Anita.


Sisters and people of Mercy across Australia have responded to the coronavirus by sewing almost 1500 masks for the people of Papua New Guinea. 

The wonderful venture, which has been organised out of Melbourne’s Mercy Hub, is providing masks to Mt Hagen, Wewak, Kunjingini, Pumakos, Yarapos and Aitape.

Margaret Ryan RSM and Mary Geason RSM said sewing face masks was marvellous therapy for the team of 17 seamstresses – Sisters, their families and friends as well as our Young Mercy Links SA and Sr Elizabeth Young’s Vinnies Youth team in Wilcannia-Forbes.

“It has been a welcome relief in our COVID-19 lockdown and even more so, a joy for our Sisters in Papua New Guinea.

“If we could but have shared the moment when Hagen Sisters, Claudia and Theresia waved with delight the first postal package on FaceTime!

“We are very close to 1500 masks made as we write. The face masks contributions came from our Mercy family all across Australia for our Mercy communities in Papua New Guinea. Truly a very fine ISMAPNG effort!

“As we expected, there have been challenges in getting them to the Sisters, so they are arriving after some weeks on their journey. The most significant issue was that there were very few freight flights leaving Port Moresby as the national and provincial borders were closed.

“Thank you to all our donors, those who gave directly and through the stimulus fund, which made it possible to send the parcels express. We are pausing the masks production for the present to await feedback from PNG recipients,” Margaret and Mary said.

Mathilda Paro RSM with Claudia and Nancy.


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