Our mission is to raise awareness about Period Poverty and bring awareness to the severity of the issue in South Australia to raise funds to help fight Period Poverty.
Period Poverty refers to the issue of women and girls lacking access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, washing facilities, and waste management.
Kickstart for Kids is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2009 by Ian Steel that helps disadvantaged school children in South Australia by providing 50,000 breakfasts and 10,000 lunches every week.
As a firm supporter in the fight against Period Poverty, Kickstart for Kids has created a new Period Poverty program where sanitary items will be distributed to over 350 South Australian schools.
The South Australian Government announced in February 2021 that they will pledge $450,000 over the next three years to provide hygiene products to girls in schools from year five onwards. This covers only 1250 young women annually, leaving a gap of potentially thousands of girls without access to hygiene products in schools per year and in some cases an education. A survey conducted by the South Australian Office of Commissioner for Children and Young people found 1 in 4 girls had missed out attending school due to not having access to feminine hygiene products and 1 in 2 reported not having access to products or not knowing how to get access to products at school.
In a 2019 report by the Commissioner for Children & Young People, it was revealed that 74% of schools believe that access to sanitary products is an issue for their students, and in an additional 2020 report, 51% of respondents reported not having access to products or not knowing how to access sanitary products at school. Furthermore, the 2020 report revealed that 26% of participants had missed school because their families couldn’t afford sanitary items and many students reported feeling embarrassed about having their period due to the stigma surrounding periods.
How you can help
Together we can help end period poverty in South Australia and we’re getting started by raising awareness with our community.
Do you want to get involved and help spread awareness for this campaign?
Our aim for this campaign is to raise $100,000 to help provide 25,000 packs of sanitary pads to over 2000 young South Australian women to help manage their periods for 12 months.
Help a young South Aussie girl experiencing period poverty now by clicking the button below to make a donation today.
Ash LondonNational TV & Radio Host
National TV and radio host, Ash London, is a firm supporter in the fight against period poverty and is passionate about spreading awareness of the issue.
“I think it’s really upsetting and concerning that girls are experiencing period poverty in our country. Menstrual healthcare is something that should be accessible to all girls, so let’s all come together and help to make a difference!”
Rebecca MorseSAFM Breakfast Host
“It is unacceptable that girls in South Australia are missing school because they can’t afford period products. We need to remove any stigma around periods and make sure girls have free and easy access to sanitary products when they need them.”
Rosanna MangiarelliPresenter & Journalist
at the Seven Network
“Teen years are tricky enough, especially for girls. No young woman should be faced with the added challenge of fretting about how they’ll get access to sanitary products. It’s distressing to learn some skip school, sport or social events because they can’t purchase these basic essentials. As a community, it should be everyone’s responsibility to help end period poverty and ensure young South Australians can enjoy a hygienic and worry-free life.”