Help Lesotho is a charity a friend of mine is working at. If you enjoy spinning, or even if you don’t, consider lending your support! (For filing in the category of “Basic and necessary things North American girls/women never think about.”)
Ottawa, ON – Help Lesotho will be hosting a “Menstrual Cycle” spin class on Saturday, January 28th 2017 at Wheelhouse Cycle located at 1279 Wellington St W. Limited tickets are $50 and will go towards the creation and distribution of 100 washable sanitary kits which provide girls living in rural communities in southern Africa the supplies – and dignity – they need to stay in school. Over three years, each kit gives a girl 150 days that she can continue her education. “Menstrual Cycle” participants will be treated to an exhilarating spin class in the trendy Wheelhouse studio, followed by champagne, shopping for gorgeous Pearls4Girls jewelry, and door prizes sponsored by Allegro Clothing, Elements Luxury Tented Camp & Nature Spa, and Bicycle Craft Brewery.
“As a girl, I was taught to see my menstruation as a disease that was shameful and ugly,” says Pulane, one of the first recipients of a menstrual kit in Lesotho, “I loved the contents inside [my kit] because they make me feel like I can still be beautiful… My grades are much higher and I will soon be able to graduate.”
Every month, girls who cannot afford disposable products miss up to a full week of school because of their menstrual cycles. Education is proven to aid in fighting poverty, gender inequity and gender based violence. The Menstrual Cycle event will provide much needed supplies to achieve comfort, more schooling and a brighter future. Tickets to the event are available at Menstrualcycle.eventbrite.ca.
About Help Lesotho and Pearls4Girls: Help Lesotho is a registered charity based in Ottawa that supports 15-20,000 vulnerable children, girls, youth and grandmothers in Lesotho through a variety of programs. A landlocked country in southern Africa, Lesotho has the 2nd highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. To learn more please visit helplesotho.org.
Pearls4Girls is a social enterprise of Help Lesotho. Through the sale of beautiful pearl jewelry, funds are raised to support programs that help build confidence, acquire leadership skills and get the support they need so they can become positive role models and agents of change. To learn more, please visit pearls4girls.org.