We are very excited about our 2 new projects On The Ball and The Red Box Project. Both projects support young women who are struggling to afford basic sanitary products on a regular basis – something that is being called Period Poverty.
On the Ball project consists of a variety of sanitary products being placed in a box in the toilets around the stadium free for those who need to use them on a match day. The Red Box Project involves sanitary products, tights and underwear being taken in to primary and secondary schools for girls who can not afford sanitary products which results in the missing school and missing out on their education.
Here are the facts:
· 137,700 girls in the UK have missed school due to period poverty
· 1 in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear
· 48% of young females are embarrassed by their period and unable to talk to anyone about it.
We are collecting the following donations which will be divided between the 2 projects:
· Tampons and Towels (all varieties, in sealed packaging)
· Wipes (suitable for feminine hygiene)
· Black tights and pants (all sizes)
We have been inundated with donations from the Lincoln City fans along with HMRC who had collected and donated 5 boxes worth of products. We also have 3 collection/drop off points around Lincoln; Curves Gym, Smartie pants day nursery and Tesco Newark Road have also recently got on board and are a collection point and donating £50 worth of products.
We have been distributing our donations amongst both primary and secondary schools as part of the Red Box Project; we are in 2 secondary schools currently (Priory of Witham and NK Academy), 4 primary schools (Our Lady, St Hughs, Bishop King and Willoughton). For the remainder of the time we have the project we will target more primary schools as last month the government had granted it to be funded in secondary schools and colleges.
As part of the On The Ball project, which is in 80 clubs currently across the different football leagues across the UK and recently LA Galaxy have taken it on board. We currently have it in 6 of the female toilets for both fans and staff to use and due to having enough donations we are looking at putting them in the rest of the female toilets for the last few games of the season.