Over 166,000 Menstrual Products Donated in United Way Tampon Tuesday Campaign

BURNABY, British Columbia, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Way of the Lower Mainland’s 2nd annual Tampon Tuesday campaign has netted over 166,000 donated menstrual products.

This year’s total is almost 6 times what was gathered in the inaugural 2017 campaign, with more tampons, disposable pads, reusable pads, menstrual cups and menstrual underwear still rolling in.

Periods might be tough to talk about sometimes, but they are just a fact of life. If you’re vulnerable or living in poverty, access to menstrual products can be challenging.

Tampon Tuesday is a nation-wide initiative to raise awareness of the barriers vulnerable people face accessing menstrual products. The campaign launched March 6, encouraging people to donate hygiene products in their workplaces. The local campaign wrapped March 20. It was supported by local unions, labour associations, workplaces and community advocates.

Over the coming weeks, donated hygiene products will be distributed to local community agencies serving women, girls and people and need. Thanks to campaign supporters, vulnerable people in need of menstruation products will have greater, dignified access to the supplies they need. 

“At United Way we see this as an act of local love,” said Brenda Aynsley, Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of the Lower Mainland. “Local love is about working together to address local problems, including invisible issues like this one. The response to this year’s campaign was tremendous.”

“As health care workers we see vulnerability every day,” said Val Avery, President of the BC Health Sciences Association, which supported the initiative. “This campaign gave us an opportunity to be a part of the solution.”

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