New initiative for campaign K

2016-08-10 06:00
The Young Lady with Heart campaign organisers recently visited Maritzburg Christian School. PHOTO: supplied

The Young Lady with Heart campaign organisers recently visited Maritzburg Christian School. PHOTO: supplied

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THIS year the semi-finalist of A Young Lady with Heart will work together to raise awareness and receive donations for underprivileged adolescent girls at local schools who are in desperate need of hygiene products, especially sanitary towels.

According to research, the lack of access to sanitary towels­ often results in young women from poorer backgrounds being absent from school.

One would assume that, in this day and age, menstruation would be a normal part of a young woman’s life, but without access to sanitary towels this becomes a real issue.

It is a harsh reality that the following methods of menstrual hygiene are still employed in developing countries, packets tied around their bodies filled with sand and leaves, wastepaper, newspaper, old cloths, rags and previously soiled and dried sanitary pads.

Understandably, young girls would rather be absent from school than face the shame and humiliation of stained clothing. The consequence of this absence is that they can lose up to 25% of their school year and this obviously impacts on their academic performance.

The Pietermaritzburg Community chest is very concerned about this alarming statistic and as the official beneficiary of A Young Lady with Heart 2016, has asked the campaign to focus on this sensitive issue.

“Some of the schools where our semi-finalists come from also struggle with this issue and so we will be calling on members of the Pietermaritzburg Community to partner with our Young Ladies with Heart on this project,” said organiser, Ursuhla Govender.

The fund-raising and collection initiative will be done for local, Copesville High School where the Community Chest has identified a high rate of absenteeism from school as a result of this issue.

“Our aim is to work together to restore hope and we believe that our young ladies with heart will find this particular project particularly relevant,” said Govender.

Currently, the campaign is visiting local high schools to encourage them to nominate Grade 11 pupils who are making a difference at their school and in their community.

Nominations close on 19 August and schools are encouraged to nominate at least three to five young ladies who are kind and compassionate.

- Supplied.

Nomination forms can be down loaded from or requested from the administrators: Lara Edmonds at 084 587 0880 or

Ursuhla Govender at 083 611 7733
or email

Young girls would rather be absent from school than face the humiliation of stained clothing

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