‘One Million Comforts’ campaign starts

2017-07-18 06:01
Pinky Zood from Dis-Chem (left) and Kim Griffith Jones (co-ordinator of The Robin Hood Foundation) at one of the Million Comforts bins.Photo: supplied

Pinky Zood from Dis-Chem (left) and Kim Griffith Jones (co-ordinator of The Robin Hood Foundation) at one of the Million Comforts bins.Photo: supplied

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KIM Griffith Jones has been The Robin Hood Foundation co-ordinator for six years and has seen the organisation bloom into one of the most productive NPOs in the community.

From providing assistance to the young and old with food and clothing, to building crèches and homes and caring for new moms or moms-to-be, Jones has been part of it all.

She joined the foundation because she wanted to “work with purpose”, something that was community related.

“I am passionate about the work RHF does in the community, and feel blessed to be a part of it every day.”

She said she has had many incredible experiences in giving back to the community in the past six years, but the most memorable was in 2015 when Robin Hood hosted a free educational conference for 1 000 women from the rural communities.

“The energy in the CityHill auditorium was absolutely astounding for those two days and for months afterwards we had emails about how the speakers had inspired these women,” she said.

Jones said the foundation’s new campaign “One Million Comforts” will begin this month. 

“Each year Dis-Chem stores countrywide run their One Million Comforts’ campaign aimed at keeping girls in school by ensuring there are no interruptions to their education owing to monthly menstruation.

“Research shows that girls between the ages of 12 and 18 in disadvantaged areas can miss up to a quarter of their schooling when menstruating because they do not have access to adequate sanitary towels or are unable to afford them.
“The distribution of sanitary towels in areas affected can have a practical impact on school attendance. In 2016 alone, Robin Hood received over 2 500 packs of sanitary pads, which we used in our projects.”

Jones said with the work Robin Hood does they see this as a massive issue all the time.

“For some young girls, sanitaryware is just not affordable and it’s heartbreaking when we hear the stats on how many girls are missing school. 
“We are grateful that Dis-Chem has chosen us as one of their benefactors for this campaign again this year, as it will be an absolute blessing for the 200 young women we are hosting at our Women’s Day outreach programme in Shongweni on August 9.”

Jones appealed to the community to assist in the campaign.
“Dis-Chem has over 100 stores countrywide so it’s just a matter of popping into your local outlet and purchasing a packet or two of pads - some ranges are only R15 - and then putting them into the Million Comforts ‘bins’.
“Every pack donated by the public is matched so we need your support to help to make a difference to these young women and send them off with more than just one month’s supply.”

The deadline to donate is Sunday, July 16.

For more information email info@robinhoodfoundation.co.za or contact 076 612 9060.

 

 

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