Fight­ing stigma with #Mil­lionCom­forts

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Re­porter

OVER 4 mil­lion packs of san­i­tary tow­els were do­nated, by the start of this week, to­wards this year’s Mil­lion Com­forts cam­paign.

The 2017 edi­tion of the cam­paign, which is run by the Dis-Chem Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with The Star, Cape Times, Pre­to­ria News and The Mer­cury, ends on Sun­day and we are ap­peal­ing to our read­ers to go out and make a dif­fer­ence.

All you have to do is visit your lo­cal Dis-Chem store and buy one of the spe­cially priced packs of in-house san­i­tary tow­els, for un­der R10, and drop it off in one of the spe­cially branded, pur­ple-coloured bins in-store. If you buy a pack of san­i­tary tow­els from Al­ways, Lil-lets and Stayfree, these man­u­fac­tur­ers will match your do­na­tion, one for one.

Stud­ies show that girls be­tween the ages of 12 and 18, liv­ing in poverty in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, can lose up to a fifth of their high school ed­u­ca­tion be­cause they don’t have ac­cess to fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts – and are too em­bar­rassed to at­tend school dur­ing their men­strual pe­riod.

#Mil­lionCom­forts and Car­ing4Girls seek to an­swer the twin prob­lem of san­i­tary tow­els and so­cial taboos – with your help.

“This ini­tia­tive is not just crit­i­cal to en­sur­ing girls stay in school, but to break the chains that would oth­er­wise con­demn them to a life of poverty and hope­less­ness,” says Dis-Chem Foun­da­tion chair Lynette Saltz­man.

“By be­ing able to com­plete school with the best pos­si­ble ma­tric qual­i­fi­ca­tion, they can go out and make use of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that comes their way, and cre­ate that bet­ter life they so de­serve.”

#Mil­lionCom­forts works with Im­bumba Vi­sion, which dis­trib­utes a year’s worth of san­i­tary tow­els to the re­cip­i­ents and pro­vides train­ing.

Fight against stigma and help us to help the fu­ture moth­ers of the na­tion by drop­ping off your do­na­tion in store un­til Sun­day. The top 12 Dis-Chem stores, by do­na­tions, have been: 1. Rose­bank 2. Ben­more 3. Athol Oak­lands 4. Ran­dridge 5. Clear­wa­ter Mall 6. Worces­ter 7. Nor­wood 8. Men­lyn Mall 9. The Lo­cal Choice 10. Ni­col­way 11. Mon­tana 12. Kil­lar­ney Mall

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