Slow the spread: 'If you can sew you can do your bit'

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Councillor Dai Le making face masks.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Councillor Dai Le making face masks.

Are you looking for a practical way to help during the COVID-19 pandemic? Then this could be it - if you know how to sew.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone is calling for volunteers to help make face masks for the city's most vulnerable residents.

From August 11, people can use the sewing machines and material in Whitlam Library to make face masks. The library will wash the masks and keep them in reserve to be given to our as required.

Volunteers can also collect a Take and Make kit from the library, with easy to follow templates and material to make masks at home which then can be returned to the library. The template is also available on council's website for anyone to download.

"We're all in this together to help slow the virus' spread. If you can sew you can do your bit by volunteering to make masks," Mayor Carbone said.

"As everyone is aware the virus is currently spreading across Sydney and the fight against COVID-19 needs a community effort.

"Let's get together and make masks for our community.

"I encourage everybody to wear masks where you can't social distance, such as on public transport and in crowded places like supermarkets. By wearing masks you are protecting your family, friends and the community."

The project starts on August 11 at Whitlam Library with sessions Monday to Friday, 10am to noon and 1pm to 4pm.