Marathon run gathers thousands of sanitary towels

2018-11-20 06:01
Councillor Eddie Andrews with some of the pads collected.

Councillor Eddie Andrews with some of the pads collected.

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He has reached his goal of raising awareness on both his collection drive and health and fitness and is now in the process of distributing much needed sanitary towels to schools and organisations.

Ward 78 councillor, Eddie Andrews recently called on the public to help him obtain 4200 packs of sanitary towels, through sponsoring packs for every 1km he had run in a recent 42.2km marathon.

“It is a barrier to education. The reality is that when they menstruate, some of the girls don’t attend school. There is no resources available and there is an embarrassment that comes with that,” says Andrews.

“Not only women need fight for women’s issues. Men can also be strong advocates that our women face.”

Andrews visited five schools on Wednesday.

“We have received committed totals from donors that will exceed the target but we have collected just under 4000 thus far,” he says.

Andrews visited Highlands Drive, Harvester, Westville, Liesbeeck and Portland Primary schools to hand over sanitary towels.

“The initial handover was to NPO’s working in the schools and then there was a handover to primary schools in my ward,” he says.

He estimates there is still around 1000 packs that will be distributed in the next few weeks.

Andrews has also already committed to running for a course again next year.

“I have been fortunate enough to have a public profile, both as a professional sports person and public office bearer and so I had a platform I was hoping to exploit to the benefit of those in need. Second to that, weighing 130kgs, it extracted a lot of interest in if it could be done. There was also one of the funders who said to me, ‘if you finish, speak to me’. It is generally raising awareness on living a healthier lifestyle,” he says.

Asked how he did it, Andrews says he started with a Park run and then joined his local running club.

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