It’s hard to imagine that there are 2.1 million young girls, between the ages of 12 and 18 years that are living below the poverty line in South Africa, who have to resort to using old clothes, rags, newspapers, leaves, bark and grass because they cannot afford sanitary towels. Girls who cannot afford pads or tampons miss approximately five days of school a month, which amounts to 60 missed school days a year. Time lost which can never be recovered. For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls and women in South Africa. They are at a permanent disadvantage as they are forced to stay at home as they are unable to afford this basic necessity.
In an attempt to address this situation in Harrismith, Old Mutual and the Harrismith Municipality arranged a “pledge for Sanitary Pads Day” Boxmore Packaging and its employees rose to the challenge and we were able to sponsor 2344 packets of pads – Two pallets worth. In recognition of this contribution Boxmore won the floating trophy for the largest pledge. Chere Tshabalala was also awarded a gold medal for his part as an organiser. Our Team was placed fourth in the fixtures – Well Done Boxmore Team. I’m sure we all feel proud of this achievement but the best feeling is hoping that this year over 200 girls will not miss school and in this way they will be empowered through education.