Do­nate to worth­while girls’ cause

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Re­porter

TEENAGE girls liv­ing in poverty can lose up to a fifth of their high school ca­reers through shame – when it’s that time of the month.

Be­tween now and Sun­day, though, you can make a very real dif­fer­ence when you go into your lo­cal Dis-Chem and do­nate san­i­tary tow­els as part of the Mil­lion Com­forts cam­paign, which is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with The Star, to en­sure that no girl misses school this year be­cause she’s hav­ing her pe­riod.

When you go into Dis-Chem you can ei­ther buy the in-house brand at un­der R10 or any of the san­i­tary tow­els from Al­ways, Lil-lets or Stayfree, who will then match your do­na­tion.

This isn’t just one of the most worth­while acts of char­ity around, it’s also one of the most con­trolled: ev­ery pack that is do­nated is au­dited and stored at the lo­cal branch. The do­na­tions are then col­lected by Car­ing4Girls once or twice a week as the need de­ter­mines, and then held in the com­pany’s re­gional ware­houses across the coun­try.

All pads stay in the re­gion in which they were do­nated and are then taken to schools se­lected by Car­ing4Girls.

There are par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in all nine prov­inces, with an ex­tra 20 schools added this year.

Dis-Chem’s Penny Stein ex­plains that the school prin­ci­pal and teach­ers know who is on the project to en­sure there is no ab­sen­teeism blamed on men­stru­a­tion.

“We don’t just give them to you; you get a lec­ture on fem­i­nine hy­giene, there’s a reg­is­ter, and in four months’ time Car­ing4Girls goes back to the school for a fol­low-up visit.”

The Mil­lion Com­forts cam­paign runs in all Dis-Chem stores un­til Sun­day. Look out for the pur­ple branded bin in which to place the pads.

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