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United Way Central Alberta’s 2022 Period Promise Campaign begins

United Way Central Alberta’s 2022 Period Promise Campaign has begun.

Throughout the month-long campaign, the nonprofit organization will accept both product and monetary donations for the many at-risk people who can’t afford menstrual products.

United Way will also ask local communities, businesses and workplaces to sign the Period Promise policy agreement, which asks that menstrual products be made available, free of charge, in signees’ washroom facilities.

A Period Promise Campaign toolkit is available at caunitedway.ca/periodpromise and provides resources and tips for becoming part of the movement to fight period poverty.

A survey taken last year, showed that roughly one quarter of respondents had missed work or school because they didn’t have proper menstruation supplies.

“This year’s campaign focuses on the unfortunate direct results of period poverty,” said Chelsea O’Donoghue, United Way Central Alberta donor relations manager.

“Data gathered to date from the current Period Promise Pilot at 4 Red Deer schools show that 51 per cent of student respondents have missed school because of a lack of period products. Others miss out on opportunities to stay engaged with the community.

“When people have access to menstrual products, it gives back dignity and improves their health and well-being. It’s our hope that the community will show the same amazing enthusiasm and support of Period Promise this year.”

The campaign runs until June 7.

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