Zontians give to lessen period poverty

October 10, 2023 BY

Better health: Zontians Linda Marchesani and Kathryn Patarica (in teal) with Women’s Health Loddon Mallee staff Belinda Buck, nurse Elise Kornmann, CEO Tricia Currie, and Sally Pitson. Photo: SUPPLIED

ZONTA Bendigo has donated to Women’s Health Loddon Mallee to reduce period poverty across the region.

A portion of funds raised by the group has gone towards the purchase of 130 packs of period underwear, and menstrual cups, which Women’s Health Loddon Mallee’s Well Women’s Clinic nurse, Elise Kornmann, will distribute to clients.

Zonta Bendigo vice-president Kathryn Patarica said club members value the opportunity to provide the reusable supplies, which otherwise are expensive for young people and adults with tight budgets.

“Supplying products to WHLM enables us to reach a more diverse group of women from different cultural backgrounds.” she said.

“We anticipate that our one-off spend will enable the Well Women’s Clinic to distribute them via the adolescent health workshop and to older women as they see fit.

“Loss of education due to a lack of menstrual health resources impacts many students from low-income families.

“It’s important no female student feels like they can’t fully participate in all aspects of school life because they do not have access to menstrual hygiene products.”

Ms Kornmann was one of a few of the organisation’s staff who accepted the donation, alongside WHLM CEO Tricia Currie.

“These products are very welcome and will enhance the support we are able to give to clients in need,” Ms Kornmann said.

Recently, Zonta Bendigo also donated $3000 to Sunshine Bendigo for cots and prams.