Joburg School Girls & Shelters Receive Sanitary Pad Support from Feminine Magic and Gandhi Walk
21st May 2018, LENASIA –
The Gandhi Walk Committee together with community partner Feminine Magic is making it possible for almost 1,000 school girls to receive sanitary pads and menstrual advice with the initiative now spanning from the East Rand across to the West Rand of Joburg.
In an effort to keep girls in school and not allowing menstrual cycles to hinder the education of adolescent girls, Feminine Magic has teamed up with the Gandhi Walk Committee to collect and donate sanitary pads to nominated beneficiaries and providing for a minimum of three to six month of support to affected girls.
The initiative was started by Mrs Grand South Africa Finalist Naazneen Ismail and close friend Kalpita Mistry where the plight of school-going girls became a real concern for the pair, resulting in the formation of Feminine Magic with them as its co-founders and a charity which is now adopted by the Gandhi Walk Committee. Sanitary pad collection drives were already initiated by the pair in February of 2018 which included on site drives in a few shopping centres and with private collection efforts, but real support came when the Gandhi Walk Committee announced that as part of it fostering women development & empowerment in communities that it was going to do a mega collection drive at the 33rd Annual Gandhi Walk, which took place on Sunday 15th April 2018 in Lenasia.
Combined, the organisations have now raised more than 32,000 sanitary pads with major product donations coming from Chatz Connect, Clicks Lakeside Mall, Mia, OnTime Readymix Concrete, Amka Products and THSS Ladies Committee, with the distribution of the sanitary pads already underway following the 2018 Gandhi Walk. Schools and shelters which are receiving support from the first campaign include Etwatwa High School in Watville (Benoni), Uitkoms Home for Girls (Obervatory), Salvation Army (Kensington) and Lantern School of Excellence – a school in Roodepoort assisting children who suffer from learning disabilities among others.
“Since menstrual cycles don’t stop we are continuing with the Feminine Magic Sanitary Pad Collection Drive and urge individuals and businesses to please support it. We have placed drop-off boxes at Alpha Pharmacy Lenasia (Central Pharmacy), Postnet Lenasia on Rose Avenue and The Village Bakery in Lenasia and in Fordsburg”, says Gandhi Walk Committee chairman, Amit Parbhucharan.
Naazneen Ismail and Kalpita Mistry of Feminine Magic expresses gratitude to all those who have contributed and continue to do so as this enables them to continue providing support and guidance to needy young girls and avoids these girl children turning to the using unhygienic resources such as newspaper, dirty cloth pieces, plastics etc which cause infections and make menstrual cycles unpleasant. It is found that some girls do not attend school altogether when they are menstruating. The drive aims to support girls through providing sanitary pads as well as educating girls about women’s health.
For further information about Gandhi Walk Committee contact Amit Parbhucharan (Chairman) on 083 400 3050 or Mahendra Modi (PRO) on 083 288 4178 and about Feminine Magic contact Kalpita Mistry (Co-founder) on 076 524 8845 or Naazneen Ismail (Co-founder) on 072 786 4399.