Margaret Hirsch recently joined SUBZ designer and distributor Sue Barnes, for a talk at Phoenix Technical High school on Girls with Dignity project. The project has been backed by Margaret for several years now. The idea is to take reusable pads designed by Sue Barnes to underprivileged schools and give them out to girls who are unable to afford sanitary protection and who miss school during the weeks of their menstrual cycles.
“These girls are missing out on three months of their education every year and that is completely unacceptable! I realised that it was something that had to be dealt with as a matter of urgency,” said Margaret.
Margaret and Sue addressed the girls on the important issues regarding how their bodies change during the teen years, and how to cope with the changes.
Sue, who developed the SUBZ explained that they were normal panties, but with poppers. The sanitary pad clips onto the panty. “This is very user friendly as the pad clips on and off easily. The panty is made of 100% cotton knit, which allows the skin to breath. The elastic has a standard non-woven rubber base, and wont stretch out of shape. The pad has 6 layers, the outer being the 100% cotton knit, water proofing, 3 layers of hydrophilic fabric and then the inner is a hydrophobic fabric. It is fully washable and therefore reusable and will last as long as a pair of panties” she told the girls.
Each girls was given two of their very own SUBZ pantie packs.
Merle Green from Netback and Sameera Pillay from Suncoast also joined the morning assembly and spoke of their humble beginnings and how they came to be where they are today.