SPINZS long term vision is to see sanitary products free of charge on a general practitioner’s prescription to those in need, just as condoms are today. In the meantime, we aim to raise enough funds to purchase 200,000 sanitary products that will be distributed to lower socio-economic schools New Zealand wide. We achieved this June 2020. We have been talking to school teachers, nurses and others in the education sector and two things are clear: students at these schools have a real need for sanitary products, and pads are the most user-friendly and requested item.
As of the 28th June 2020, we have provided 81 schools with two hundred and eighteen thousand, six hundred and fifty sanitary products to schools in Northland, Warkworth, Auckland, Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, New Plymouth, Ngatea, King Country, Hawera, Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Puke, Coromandel, Whitianga, Tauranga, Whanganui, Hawkes Bay, Tokoroa, Palmerston North, Otaki, ,Wairarapa, Porirua, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Waimate, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Darfield and one charity organisation which looks after approx. 52 Primary and Intermediate schools.
(2) Decile 3 to 6 schools under the Decile System.
As well as seeking individual donations so that we can continue this good work and increase the number of schools we supply, our goal is to encourage local businesses to support their school community by adopting a school and supplying it with sanitary products. We see this as a win-win: young women are able to attend school regularly, without fear of embarrassment or lack of dignity, meaning they can focus on their studies and future employment prospects.
Local businesses can be part of this success, investing in the lives and aspirations of the young women who are that community’s future employees, consumers, business owners, leaders.