Days for Girls event at Ocean Keys

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Ciaran and Abbey Brown of Butler at the Spring Summer Carnival where SI Joondalup raised money for Days for Girls. Picture: ASCP Photography

BY attending styling workshops residents have helped raise money to pay for sanitary kits to be provided to the charity Days for Girls.

Held at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre the Spontaneous Styling workshops raised $675 for Soroptimist International Joondalup to make the sanitary kits, which are then distributed to girls in developing countries who have little to no access to feminine hygiene solutions.

Susan Cromb from Soroptimist International Joondalup said the group had supported Days for Girls since 2015 and felt strongly about the organisation’s aim to create a freer, more dignified and educated world for women through the provision of lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

“The organisations we support centre on empowering, enabling and educating girls and women around the world and our members are very passionate about Days for Girls,” she said.

“We want to raise awareness of the issue that a menstrual cycle for many girls and women in developing countries can be hugely disruptive, to the point where they are missing out on education and work.

According to Days for Girls, a girl who is unable to attend school due to menstruation will miss six to eight months of school during a three-year time frame.

Without a solution to manage menstrual hygiene one in 10 Sub-Saharan African girls, 113 million adolescent girls in India and 30 per cent of girls from rural areas in Brazil, will miss school this year.

So far this year Soroptimist International Joondalup has raised $1500 to make 150 kits for Days for Girls, which will be delivered to Cambodia and Tanzania in November.

The Spontaneous Styling workshops were held during the shopping centre’s Spring Summer Carnival, which also included activities for children.

Children at the carnival were able to try juggling, plate spinning and unicycle riding in circus skills workshops.

They could also watch the professionals in the circus stage shows and enjoy a circus themed craft station, pop-up games zone and bouncy castle.

Stilt walkers, face painters, balloon twisters and a fairy floss machine added to the fun.

More information about Days for Girls can be found on their website www.daysforgirls.org or www.daysforgirls.org/australia

Information about Soroptimist International Joondalup can be found at www.soroptimist-wa.org.au or via the SI Joondalup Facebook page.