Help­ing fight pe­riod poverty

Pupils raise cash for re­us­able items

Ayrshire Post - - Ayrshire People - Abi Smil­lie

A pair of pri­mary pupils are paving the way to erad­i­cate pe­riod poverty.

Abi Hay and Jodie Kil­bride from Al­loway Pri­mary held a bake sale rais­ing funds to pur­chase san­i­tary prod­ucts for women in Malawi.

A group of six teach­ers from both Al­loway and Doon­foot pri­maries are join­ing 13 Al­loway Parish church mem­bers for a two- week trip to Malawi next month.

The team have been hold­ing fundrais­ers through­out the year to raise money for the mis­sion.

And the P6C girls teamed up to whip up some tasty treats to sell, rais­ing £ 95 to help a whop­ping 440 girls at Ban­dawe All Girls Sec­ondary School.

Class teacher Amy Cur­rie is among those head­ing out on the trip.

She said: “Each girl is go­ing to get a kit which con­tains two medium pads, two maxi pads, un­der­wear and soap that’s spe­cially for­mu­lated.

“The com­pany who are mak­ing them are based in Malawi so they can come and meet us when we’re in Malawi, and de­liver them and train­ing to all the girls as well.

“It means the girls will un­der­stand the im­por­tance of hy­giene and main­tain­ing ev­ery­thing - so that they can use these prod­ucts for years rather than run­ning out every cou­ple of months.”

Eleven- year- old Abi said: “The idea be­hind it was to buy san­i­tary prod­ucts for the girls in Malawi who can’t af­ford them, so we thought of us­ing nor­mal ones but then thought they would run out re­ally quickly.

“Our teach­ers did some re­search and we de­cided to look for re­us­able ones.”

Jodie, also 11, added: “We had the pu­berty talk at school so that gave us the idea. Other dis­eases can be caused by not tak­ing care of your­self so we want to voice that.”

The girls baked up 400 top hats, Rice Krispie cakes and truf­fles to sell.

Teacher Amy said: “We’re a level two rights re­spect­ing school and at that level the ex­pec­ta­tion is that the chil­dren are lead­ers of learn­ing and mov­ing things for­ward - and they are vo­cal of the change they want to see in the world.

“We were talking about pe­riod poverty in class and the fact that even in this coun­try there are peo­ple who can’t af­ford san­i­tary prod­ucts.

“The Scot­tish govern­ment are now go­ing to fund san­i­tary prod­ucts for all school girls and we were dis­cussing about how lucky we are, but the girls flagged up that it wasn’t the same for Malawi.

“We’re very proud of the girls - we would never have thought of this our­selves so it’s bril­liant.”

Good cause Abi Hay and Jodie Kil­bride with their re­us­able prod­ucts for Malawi pupils

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