(update 27.6.16: $28,056 raised so far please keep pledging, it must reach 45k!! Only 63 hours left!!!)
(update 1.7.16) They did it! 706 backers pledged $45,862 to help bring this project to life.)
For my Australian readers and those worldwide with a big heart and a good dose of empathy, I urge you to please get behind this worthy cause.
Two years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Saskia Hampele on the Neighbours set (she played Georgia Brooks but left Neighbours in early 2015 to move to Los Angeles to pursue new acting opportunities)
|Saskia & I|
She struck me as a very caring and warm person , in fact it radiated from her , but that is hardly surprising as she qualified as a social worker and also worked as a counsellor . Gritty jobs that require a caring nature.
So I was not surprised to recently learn about her Gift Box project - ( a project I would like to see happening around the world I hasten to add, which they hope will eventually happen.)
Now sit down, because I am going to use two words this radio girl has never used here before, they may surprise you/shock you/amuse you (tick whichever apply) are you ready? PERIODS and TAMPONS .
Yes you read correctly. Pick yourselves up from the floor please!
Women already know what a bloody pain periods can be. Men may think that tampons make handy faux white mice or even cool ear plugs for when their significant other is harping on about the cramps, bloating, sore boobs or the fact that in many countries tampons are even taxed. (hmphhh since when is a tampon a luxury?!) Yes periods are a pain in more ways than one, and even embarrassing for us girls, personally I cringe when some tv advert comes on telling me how I can jump from a plane, climb Everest or abseil from a tall building during my period as long as I use some famous brand tampon or pad.. or the one that says ''Have a happy period!'' Happy?? Pffft!! Get real, all I want to do in that time is jump into warm bath/shower and climb into bed with a wheatbag .
Now however, imagine you were trying to cope with them whilst homeless. (Remember that a moment ago I asked 'since when were tampons a luxury...' well to a homeless woman they certainly are!)
Whilst we ladies complain about the cost of periods, in Australia alone around 46,000 women are without a bed and are thus sleeping rough, they are without access to warm bath or shower and a comforting wheatbag or hot water bottle, they are without access to the very sanitary products that you and I take for granted no matter how grudgingly we buy them.
So then there is an idea... what if for every box of tampons or pads we bought, another box would be donated to one of these women? Great idea right?
Well Saskia not only thought it was a great idea but she jumped into action - she is attempting to make that idea into a reality with her Kickstarter campaign, "Gift Box".
|''So rather than buying your next box from a big corporation, choose Gift Box instead and help a sister out.''|
"Having access to feminine hygiene seems like such an easy piece of that puzzle to solve and a way to take away that stress -- amongst all of the other stresses -- that come with being homeless"
' '' Gift Box is about creating a sustainable support program, so for every tampon and pad purchased, we will donate one to a less fortunate woman in Australia, and eventually worldwide.
The concept of 'GIFT BOX' is a tongue-in-cheek take on literally just that: a gift for your box. We have sourced the highest quality 100% organic cotton tampons from a certified organic manufacturer in Europe - so we haven't compromised on quality. They will be shipped to and packed in Australia using recycled kraft paper boxes, ensuring all aspects of the product are ethical and fair-trade. '' (from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/653063473/gift-box-tampons-giving-one-for-one )
'' We still have over $30K to make of our $45K goal. This is the minimum it will cost to get the initiative off the ground. After that, it funds itself. ''
So come on folk, let's help make this happen. It doesn't matter where in the world you are. It doesn't matter what your gender is. It just matters that you have a heart and empathy. Look at your female friends, your sisters, daughters, mothers, granny - how would you feel if they were in the terrible situation of being homeless, struggling to keep and feel clean. Please support this. Have a heart and take part. It can be your good deed/mitzvah, for the day.
For more information here come those all important links (click on them to get there)
Follow Saskia via https://twitter.com/SaskiaHampele
|My lovely friend Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl Kennedy) getting in on it too. Good on ya Fletch!|
|I'm supporting...will you?|