UC Capitals donation drop off for Fighting Period Poverty Round
This season, the Cygnett WNBL has partnered with national charity, Share the Dignity, to introduce the league’s first ever ‘Fighting Period Poverty Round’.
Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand-washing facilities and waste management. It is more common than we think, with 1 in 5 Australian menstruators forced to improvise on period products and 65% have missed sports because of their periods.
Ahead of their Round 4 road trip to Adelaide, the UC Capitals packed six teen bags, five adult and three mums/bubs bags, and delivered them to an official drop off site at Bunnings, to go to those in need.
UC Capitals player Lizzy Tonks said she was unaware so many women and families were impacted by period poverty and was grateful the Caps could learn and help where they could.
“In women’s sport it’s really important that we can use our voice, be proactive and help support women and girls in the community,” Lizzy said.
“Just reading some of those statistics, you don’t often stop to think that other people are going through it.
“It was a bit of a shock but I guess that’s what we’re here for, to learn, use our voice and help out where we can.”
Share the Dignity’s annual ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign is calling on all Australians to donate bags filled with essential items to any Bunnings store nationwide by 27 November, so they can be delivered to women in need this festive season.