Maitland-based Adventure Youth Club received a boost with goodie bags containing panties and reusable sanitary towels on Friday 18 October.
The donation was made by the Clicks stores’ Helping Hand programme. The initiative was established by the Clicks group in 2011 to promote healthy living conditions and education in underprivileged communities.
Chantel Kippie, store manager, says she heard one of their customers in Observatory talking about the good work done by the club for the disadvantaged youth in her community. Kippie then did a follow-up. She discovered that the founder of the club, Mariah Strachan, shared the same sentiments as their programme and wanted to contribute to her club. Through the programme, which promotes education and empowers young girls, they started with the donations of the sanitary towels.
Kippie says their gesture was warmly welcomed by the girls.
Meanwhile Strachan says: “My girls are very grateful. These pads are really good and comfortable. A person can reuse them and save money.” She is thankful for Helping Hand and her friend Shameema Karriem who recommended the club to Kippie.
One of the club members, Fuene Sudikila, says the goodie bags came as a relief for her as she will no longer have to worry about buying sanitary towels every month.