On Tampon Tuesday, March 6, United Way and the Comox Valley Transition Society will join a nationwide Tampon Tuesday campaign to gather and distribute menstruation products to help women living in poverty maintain their dignity.

United Way and the Comox Valley Transition Society to co-host ‘Tampon Tuesday’ event

Periods are a fact of life. For women living in poverty, there is an added challenge of acquiring monthly feminine hygiene products. For women who are experiencing homelessness, it is an even bigger challenge.

On Tampon Tuesday, March 6, United Way and the Comox Valley Transition Society will join a nationwide Tampon Tuesday campaign to gather and distribute menstruation products to help women living in poverty maintain their dignity. Each year United Ways across Canada hold simultaneous Tampon Tuesday events on the Tuesday in March that coincides with International Women’s Day.

The local Tampon Tuesday event, supported by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, will take place March 6 from 4-6 p.m. at the Comox Valley Transition Society (625 England Ave., Courtenay, BC). The event is open to the public.

The price of admission is one unopened box of feminine hygiene products. Heather Ney, executive director of Comox Valley Transition Society, will be there to talk about how we can help women living in poverty in our community. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

“Imagine as a woman not having a stash of monthly supplies when you need them,” says event organizer Lindsay McGinn of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “Sadly, that’s often just one challenge for the women who stay at Courtenay’s homeless shelter – 220 women per year, according to the last homelessness count funded by United Way.”

From now until the day of the event, anyone can drop off feminine hygiene donations at the Comox Valley Transition Society, or call 250-897-0511 to arrange a pick up.

The donated products will be distributed to women in need through the Transition Society and at events surrounding Comox Valley’s Point-In-Time Homelessness count on March 7.

“Last year we saw what an impact the Tampon Tuesday event had in the Lower Mainland and we were inspired to organize that same kind of practical support for women in our community,” said Ney. “We hope to help restore dignity for women and girls who can’t afford these supplies and might feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. At the transition society we support women every day who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. Donations of these products will be a huge help.”

Just Posted

New look and name for Comox Valley school district

The Comox Valley school district is sporting a fresh look after the… Continue reading

Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation Golf Classic ready to tee off

The Como Valley Healthcare Foundation Golf Classic charity golf tournament will be… Continue reading

Comox Valley schools project student enrolment increase

Council briefs: School district board meeting, May 22

Vanier basketball star earns scholarship with University of Saskatchewan Huskies

Levi Timmermans was the Towhees’ leading scorer and MVP this season, as well as an Island all-star

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps to 1,600 hectares overnight

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 1,600 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Former B.C. police chief dies in ATV accident

Ex-Nelson top cop began his career in Vancouver

Referendum in Ireland would repeal strict ban on abortion

Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

The Kilauea volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.

Summit talk turns warmer; Trump says ‘talking to them now’

North Korea issued a statement saying it was still “willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities” to reconsider talks

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in, arraigned on rape, criminal charges

Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges following allegations of sexual misconduct

Explosion at Mississauga restaurant sends 15 to hospital

Hunt underway for two suspects connected to Mississauga, Ont., blast

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Most Read