Councillor collects for girls

2017-08-29 06:00
Ian Iverson

Ian Iverson

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A councillor is spreading his wings to help keep ward 59 schoolgirls in school.

Ian Iverson has embarked on a campaign to collect thousands of sanitary pads that will be donated to less fortunate schoolgirls of four schools in the ward.

The campaign has been running for the past two weeks and he has already collected donations of more than a thousand packs of sanitary pads.

He says his political role in the community has allowed him to observe different situations that people live in and through the help of other council members he discovered that the challenge of keeping girls in school throughout the month is still a problem for schools with learners coming from disadvantaged areas.

“Far too many young women from poor backgrounds miss school days because their parents cannot afford to supply their daughters with sanitary pads. I would like to assist, with your (the public’s) help, in a small way,” says Iverson.

He says over the past two weeks he has received massive support and he hopes with this kind of response he will be able to achieve his larger goal for the ­campaign.

He says the idea started as a one-month-only initiative, but after realising the need for intervention, he wants to run the campaign until December.

Collected pads and raised funds will be used for monthly donations to the schools. He appeals to members of the public to support his initiative.

“I am contacting all residents on my database to ask for their support. All financial donations received will be used to purchase feminine products,” Iverson says.

V For more information contact Ian Iverson on 083 629 7051 or ian.iversen@capetown.gov.za.

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