UWPP2019webDouble the amount of tampons and pads collected for women in need: United Way’s Period Promise

Periods are a fact of life, and monthly menstrual products are a necessity but many people can’t afford them. Nobody should have to pick between feeding their family and affording basic hygiene products.

This Saturday, Victorians stepped up to help change that.

On Saturday, March 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at United Way’s Period Promise event, 66,646 individual pads, tampons, diva cups and other menstrual products were collected. That means that approximately 2,600 women and youth will have their basic hygiene needs covered for one month. Last year, 30,225 units were collected.

Products collected will be distributed to United Way funded agencies this week.

This product collection drive was supported by the United Way Greater Victoria Labour Committee, BC Transit, Hillside Centre, the Victoria Labour Council and United Way Greater Victoria.

FAST FACTS

  • Nearly 1 in 7 Canadian girls have missed school due to a lack of period protection (Confidence and Puberty Study by Always, Proctor & Gamble, 2018).
  • Almost 1/4 of Canadian women say they have struggled to afford menstrual products for themselves or their children (Plan International, Period Stigma Report, 2018).

CONTACT:

Jennifer Young, Communications, United Way Greater Victoria
Jennifer.young@uwgv.ca, ph: 250.220.7388
cell 604.309.3937

 

BACKGROUND UNITED WAY GREATER VICTORIA: United Way ‘unites’ the generosity of people – business, labour, government and individual donors – with the skills, knowledge and expertise in the community to help those in need. This collaborative approach is building a stronger, more resilient community to serve current and future generations.