Last Friday, QMUL Netball hosted a collection for Bloody Good Period, an incredible charity that is working to end period poverty by providing ‘menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them.’ The charity collects products, like pads and tampons, then donates them to asylum seeker centers and food banks across the UK.
Bloody Good Period is so important, as menstrual supplies often go ignored when considering what needs to be donated to those in need. Asylum seekers receive just £36 a week, and cannot work or claim benefits. Clearly, it is not enough to live on. After food costs and general living expenses, feminine hygiene products are typically not affordable in such a tight budget. As a result, so many people resort to using toilet paper, fabric or even nothing at all during their period. Bloody Good Period is fighting to end this period poverty, by removing the financial burden from such an essential product, consequently making lives a little easier.
When I found out that QMUL Netball was hosting a collection, I knew I had to go; to donate, but also to see what was going on, how had QMUL reacted to such a request? I turned up to Library Square at 1.30pm, only half an hour in, to find a mountain of sanitary products, including stacks and stacks of pads, tampons, and toiletries. They had gathered an incredibly unexpected amount of donations, especially so early on. In fact, by the end of the day, they had collected 1,578 pads, 984 panty liners and 332 tampons. QMUL Netball has raised an amazing amount, and have made so many people’s next period a little more bearable; CUB applauds you!
Their donations are inspiring and should encourage everyone to donate to Bloody Good Period, in any way you can. Period poverty is not spoken about enough, but it does exist. The more we can do to not only raise awareness about this issue but to help in a concrete way, would make a world of difference. Periods are an unavoidable, painful fact of life. We cannot change that. But let’s try and make them as bloody good as we can, yes?
To find out how you can get involved with or donate to Bloody Good Period head here: https://www.bloodygoodperiod.com/donate/
To see more photos from the donation head here: https://www.facebook.com/QMULNetball/posts/2054281701520766