The Every Month packing team descended upon Tribeca on Saturday 29 Septembert to kickstart the first session with our exciting new intake of volunteers, who were all ready and rearing to go.
We packed out the top floor, and our production line of pad packers, tampon counters, chocolate bar checkers and sticker stickers packed 800 packs in just an hour and a half! No easy feat on a Saturday.
Each pack consists of 10 pads, 5 applicator and 5 non-applicator tampons, with a chocolate bar thrown in each pack for good measure.
These packs get taken out to food banks, shelters and charities throughout Manchester by our volunteers (with very full cars!), and will make a huge difference to those experiencing period poverty, giving them products as well as reinforcing that these products are ESSENTIAL and not a luxury item (apart from maybe the KitKat chunky duos).
It was great to hear lots of ideas being thrown around, as well as some great discussions about how people want to get more involved as Every Month continues to rapidly grow as a community.
A massive thank you to everyone who came down to help, as well as everyone who donated sanitary products, and also to Tribeca for letting us overwhelm their floor space with bags of tampons and chocolate bars!
If you’d like to get involved in the upcoming packing parties, or would like to know more about Every Month in general, drop us a line at http://everymonthcampaign.org/contact-us/ and keep an eye on our instagram @everymonthmcr for more opportunities! If you’d also like to donate some sanitary products, hit us up on http://everymonthcampaign.org/donate/.
By Naomi Evans, Every Month Blogger
SO the campaign has been mega so far. We’re not even half way and we’ve already raised over £1500. All 22 volunteers are working their socks off to get Every Month to registered charity status. We’re totally floored by the creativity and commitment of all the volunteers and how amazing everyone has been sharing and giving too – you guys are the best. Here’s a wee update…
Emma Speight has raised £425 so far uploading a piece of artwork a day on social media (Instagram account: @emma.evelyn.s). Emma’s work ranges from illustrated nudes to photography to sanitary products. If everyone who liked the photos over the last 29 days had given £1, the total would be £962! Every £1 could help improve a person’s standard of life. Bodyform have just used a piece of Emma’s work so we hope this will help us spread the word even further!
Daisy Wakefield was featured on B Journal, showcasing her beautiful art work (she was good enough to give the campaign a mention too. Check it out here and more of her work heeeeeere: @daisy_wakefield
Super cool gal, comedian, one half of Kill No Fill podcast and host of of Suspiciously Cheap Comedy Kiri Pritchard McClean is on the team too, throw a few quid her way here.
Rose Sergent (that’s me!)..I’m working with amazing artists who have given their stories and work to reach £100 in 100 days and raise awareness of Endometriosis. Zine makers include Aubrey Dillon Sinclair, Kitty James, Katie At Heart and K Houlohan and can be bought from www.drawnpoorlyzine.bigcartel.com for only £1 each (you know you want to! ;)). The last zine will be available next week and posted on the @drawnpoorlyzine social media.
We’re SUPER excited that the amazing Pot Yer Tits Away Luv are doing a give away to raise funds. Each pot is individual, beautiful and custom made! Check out the Instagram for full deets on how you can be in for a chance to win @potyertitsawayluv
Again, thank you all so much. We couldn’t do this without you. More updates SOON <3
Hey y’all so we’re a week into the £100 in 100 days campaign and massive things have happened already. There are 21 amazing fundraisers in total here are just seven of the things they’ve already achieved… IN JUST A WEEK…
Nancy Leigh Green tweeted Andy Burnham and he donated £10 to her Go Fund Me (yasss!).
EM Fundraiser Ashleigh, smashed her target with a work bake sale on International Women’s Day.
Co-op Womens network (Aspire) had a collection for products at HQ.
Drawn Poorly Zine are working with contributors to make mini zines, raising funds for EM and awareness of Endometriosis.
Manchester High School for girls raised a huuuuge £320 with a period party!
Emma is sharing a piece of her work each day for the whole campaign, check out the first seven on her IG: @emmaevelyn.s.
Four of the fabulous fundraisers have achieved their target already!!
Stay tuned for more updates of everyone’s progress and keep an eye on our social media and #100in100 for links to and news on campaign updates.
If you want to get involved with fundraising for EM get in touch with Christina & Ashleigh: email@example.com
Till next week <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
We need YOUR help.
It’s International Women’s Day on the 8th March and we’re launching our new fundraising effort. We need volunteers to help raise £100 each in 100 days.
Every Month relies on donations of products and cash to continue the work we do in the local community.
This year our goal is to be able to register as a charity in the hopes of securing more
funding and expanding the area in which we serve, but to do that we need to raise £5000.
That’s where you come in.
As a 100 in 100 volunteer you would need to raise; you guessed it, £100 in 100 days, starting on the 8th of March and finishing on the 16th of June.
All of the money raised will go towards funding our project and the overall total. This means we can register as an actual charity, which will stand us in great stead for the future and means we can help out more and more people.
There are plenty of ways to raise the money for us and if you want to join us on this epic journey please please please sign up by the 1st of March.
You’ll be sent a super wicked fundraising pack which will have tonnes of ideas and a gofundme link which, once you’ve registered it, will kick start your fundraising.
What do you say? Are you in? Help us out!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Clue is a Berlin based period tracking app which allows users to track their cycle, identify regular and irregular patterns such as pain and emotion levels and share the information with friends and family. All of these factors contribute to menstruation mindfulness and the company intends for the app to start healthy and honest conversations about periods.
The company collaborated with the New York based advocacy group the IWHC to collect data about when and where people did and did not feel comfortable talking about their periods. They also recorded the euphemisms they used instead of just s
aying period. Those euphemisms resulted in gloriously massive and red posters which took over the Berlin underground stations.
Clue want to break down those archaic social barriers that prevent period chat. These euphemisms, although sometimes funny on the surface, can in reality, be a huge problem as the majority of people using them are avoiding the word period.
The campaign goes further than the big red boards, search #justsayperiod on Twitter to find a stream of interesting menstruation discussion on all topics from contraception to superstitions to femininity. We need to keep the conversation going, as menstruation silence leads to much bigger problems.
What do you think? Should the painters be thrown out? Should we tell Aunt Flo to f off?