UWBC aims to collect 700,000 menstrual products for its Period Promise campaign

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In 2021, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo raised nearly $36,000 in vintage merchandise, or more than 71,405 pieces in total, to support people who menstruate (Submitted Photo/United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo).

By Aaron Schulze

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May 5, 2022 | 9:30 AM

KAMLOOPS — United Way British Columbia (UWBC) launched its Period Promise campaign for 2022 on Thursday morning May 5.

The non-profit organization says it is working with communities in the interior of British Columbia, the Lower Mainland and central and northern Vancouver Island to raise a UWBC record of more than 700,000 period products, which is 200,000 more than its goal in 2021. UWBC says its goal is simply higher because the need for period products has never been higher.

According to United Way research, as seen in its Period Promise Final Report, 26% of people who menstruate in British Columbia say they have gone through a period without having menstrual products available to them. Additionally, 13% of people who menstruate in British Columbia report that as dependents, their families have not been able to purchase menstrual products on their behalf, while 30% of people say they don’t know where to access menstrual products they could afford once their period arrives.

UWBC says 50% of its community partners have indicated an increase in demand for their services due to COVID-19, and nearly 45% of them have indicated an increase in demand for free menstrual products in their organization.

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