University of Canterbury students raise more than $1000 to fight period poverty
UC students are fighting Aotearoa’s period poverty crisis by donating sanitary products to Te Puna Oranga and Aviva Families.
In the first week of fundraising, the students have collected more than 1000 packs of sanitary products, with another week of the campaign still to go.
Students Romy Gellen, Serena Cooper, Caitlin Baker, Olivia Dobbs and Charlotte Hawkins have been inspired by their Media and Social Change course project.
Course lecturer Dr Maja Zonjić says “period poverty is a fact of life for many people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and is compounded by the social stigma surrounding menstruation”.
“To see my students get inspired by their final group project to tackle this critical issue and start such an important initiative is incredibly humbling.