STATISTICS show that the number of girls who skip school due to their menstrual cycle is on the increase.Greater Edendale Mall embarked on a sanitary pad collection with their tenants to assist 20 girls that are a part of these statistics.This sanitary pad drive took place last week.Communicating with local schools in Edendale, marketing manager Sonya Caldecott said : “We wanted to ensure these girls wrote their exams. Girls as young as 11 years old start menstruating and find themselves embarrassed and scared so they stay home, regardless of what is expected of them at school. “Every year we collaborate with our tenants and they all play their part in giving sanitary pads to our outreach campaign. We also partner with Epworth High School for Girls for this campaign, which extends the total amount of girls receiving sanitary wear for six months to 70 girls who are in desperate need,” she said.The annual sanitary pad campaign involves the winners of the mall’s teen and senior category of their annual Be Crowned Mr or Miss Greater Edendale Mall event as an exercise to mentor the young winners in outreach; to teach them to be leaders and to show them that no matter how little you have there are always others that have less.Greater Edendale Mall, through this outreach campaign, has assisted over 500 girls to date in restoring dignity to ensure their presence at school and exams. — Supplied.