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 100,000 sanitary pads that will be distributed to lower socio-economic schools (2) in the Auckland region. 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 11 September 2018, we have provided forty six thousand nine hundred and twenty sanitary products to seventeen schools in Auckland, Christchurch, Oamaru, Hamilton, Northland and one charity organisation which looks after approx. 52 Primary and Intermediate schools.
This is just the beginning.
(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 pads. 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.