Condoms & Pads Drive 2019
Every year, we run a donations drive across the UQ clinical sites in Queensland, collecting menstrual pads for the girls in PNG. This year, we are mixing it up a bit and collecting pads AND condoms!
During our yearly trip to Port Moresby, we organise a station that aims to educate students about sexual health - basic anatomy, periods, sexual transmitted infections (STIs), contraception, and the importance of consent. Understanding this area of health can have a profound impact on the lives of these students and it is oftentimes a poorly taught area. Our role is to dispel a lot of the myths surrounding sexual health, to break some of the social stigmas, and to empower these young men and women with the knowledge to make healthy decisions for themselves.
As part of this station, we hand out pads to provide basic period care and condoms to encourage safe sex practices. That is where the donations from this drive come into play! Every package of menstrual pads and box of condoms donated are given out to these students during our trip. While these things are often something that we take for granted in Australia, these donations can make a massive difference. It means that girls do not have to miss school because of something as simple as a period. It means that the risk of spreading STIs and subsequent complications, or unwanted pregnancies may decrease with the use of condoms.
Something as simple as a condom or pad can make a huge difference! And that's where we need your help...
From now through the end of August, donation boxes will be set up at the majority of UQ clinical sites across Brisbane, in Bundaberg and in Rockhampton. If you would like to get involved, please donate packages of pads and/or unopened boxes of condoms to any of these locations. All you have to do is drop them in the box marked by the flyer below - simple as that!
If you have any questions, feel free to send an email through the "Contact" link in the menu.
Thank you for your support!