According to 2018 research by Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic, 30% of South African girls miss school during their menstrual cycles due to limited or no access to sanitary products.
Lifestyle SUPERSPAR has launched a campaign to help school girls in nearby communities by making it affordable for local shoppers to donate sanitary pads. The retailer is encouraging customers to purchase a pack of Petals Classic sanitary pads 8’s for R5 to donate to local school girls, who often have to miss one week of school every month. They have teamed up with three local schools in the broader community, Nkobongo Resource Centre, Sizani Combined School and R. A. Padayachee Primary School, to whom the pads will be distributed to assist their learners to attend school more consistently.
According to Lifestyle SUPERSPAR store manager, Brad Buchanan, “We have all known for a number of years that the high cost of sanitary pads puts South African girls’ education at risk. Being able to afford sanitary pads is not a reality for many young girls in disadvantaged communities. SPAR South Africa recognised that and, in an attempt to make sanitary products more affordable, negotiated with suppliers and cut profit margins completely to provide SPAR stores countrywide with the means to sell SPAR Petals Classic sanitary pads 8’s at cost, for only R5 per pack, which in itself makes a pack of sanitary pads much more affordable. We have taken the initiative a step further by providing a mechanism for our customers to contribute to the welfare of many young girls by making it possible for them to attend school throughout the month.” Customers are invited to put their purchase into the demarcated collection box in-store and Lifestyle SUPERSPAR will deliver the collected products to the aforementioned schools for distribution to the appropriate students.
“At Lifestyle SUPERSPAR we have always tried to ‘support local’, whether it be backing a local entrepreneur by stocking their product, supporting local school sports or getting involved in initiatives to give back to the less fortunate in our community,” said Buchanan, “and this is one of the ways in which we can do just that. We hope, together with our customers, to make a positive difference in the lives of many young girls in our area. No school girl should have to miss a week of school every month.”