LEPHALALE — Catchvibe Initiative (CI) is on the move once again this year and collecting sanitary pads for young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds within the Lephalale area on their “Pads Me Up” campaign tour.
The campaign aims at collecting sanitary pads from concerned and interested members of the community and businesses to help these young girls who can’t afford necessary sanitary pads.
“We started three years ago, after visiting schools in and around Lephalale and a teacher spoke about the challenges that they face. This included girls not attending school during their menstrual cycle as they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads” said founder of CI, Thabo “Catchvibe” Moatshe.
Catchvibe Moatshe (30) from Seleka Village who hosts the afternoon drive show on Lephalale FM, said these girls lose out on their school work and that is not a good thing.
“We have partnered with Lephalale FM and the response so far has been very good with people showing great interest. We now want to expand into Limpopo and other provinces” he said.
Girls in more than eleven schools were helped in the current campaign. Schools in Vaalwater are next and requests for assistance have been received from schools in Mokopane and Modimolle too. The campaign will also move into Primary and Secondary schools.
Catchvibe mentioned that CI won’t revisit schools which have already received their assistance but encouraged teachers at these schools to raise funds themselves to help girls at their schools.
As with any campaign challenges arise and Catchvibe says that as there was no major sponsor for donations they have to rely on individuals for donations. This was not a bad thing as it shows that people want to give back and support the campaign.
The first “Pads me up” campaign will kick start on 27 February 2016 in Kauletsi Village just outside of Seleka, in Msawawa Restaurant.
“We are hoping to raise more than R10 000 and more than 5 000 packs of sanitary pads. Those who cannot attend the event can call us on 074 732 7420 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We can collect donations or they can be delivered to LFM building in Marapong and whatever we get we will distribute in March when our Motivational Tours begin” Moatshe added.