Dainties for Dames

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Nomvula Da-Silva (LOTS Project) and Sue Barnes (Subz washable sanitary pads) explained more about the product at the Afrisun Dainties for Dames programme. Photo: Shirley Royal

To commemorate Women’s Month during August, the Dainties for Dames Programme was launched in Pietermaritzburg. Afrisun Community Development Trust aims to reach, empower and uplift 1 500 young women in the Pietermaritzburg, iLembe, Ndwedwe and Amaoti districts in partnership with the KZN Premier’s Office, LOTS Project and SUBZ Washable Sanitary Pads.

The programme runs in schools and communities for adolescent girls who face social and economic challenges. At the launch 200 young women received a feminine hygiene pack consisting of three sets of underwear and a pack of nine washable sanitary pads.

When Sue Barnes (founder of Subz Brooks) heard that rural girls often miss school one week a month as they don’t have sanitary pads, she designed, developed and patented a washable sanitary pad that clips onto underpants and lasts for 5 years. The pad is SABS absorbency approved and endorsed by gynecologists and pharmacists.

LOTS (Life Orientation Through Sport) is a non-profit organisation which aims to create equal opportunities for youth through sport and physical activity. These sustainable sanitary options will enable more girls to participate in sports.

“The Trust is delighted to be able to assist in the sustainability of this programme. The launch in these areas will ensure that the lives of more young women are improved. We were pleased that the honorable Dr May Mkhize was available to give the girls medical and psychological advice at the launch.” commented Corporate Social Investment Administrator of Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust, Tarin Green.