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Ramona Roblin, 9, led this year’s fundraising and awareness campaign.

Nine-year-old Ramona Roblin will join Alison Kelly in sharing good community news about this year’s time with the council and asking for help in providing free menstrual products in all public toilets in Picton.

Established in 2018, PEC Period Party is a community-based project that aims to raise awareness of period poverty, raise funds for essential hygiene products, and create a safe space for menstruating people to normalize discussions about menstrual health. .

In February, at three giving locations – Kelly’s Shop, 555 Brewing Co. and Midtown Brewery – over $10,000 in product was donated along with over $2,000 in cash.

Proceeds were donated to the two local school boards, Picton Library, ROC Youth Center, Prince Edward Fitness and Aquatic Center, Prince Edward Learning Center, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Ukraine.

Four parts-free machines and additional products were donated to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (two), Athol-South Marysburgh and CML Snider Public Schools.

As part of her community outreach, Ramona spoke to her 4th grade class at Albert College about period poverty, participated in two 99.3 County FM radio interviews, and appeared on local media. She and Kelly were also invited to speak at the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee meeting.

Letters of support for ending period poverty have been shared by Alternatives for Women, Prince Edward Learning Centre, Loyalist College, HUB Child and Family Center and Picton BIA.

Darlene Thompson, executive director of the ROC Youth Centre, adds her support, noting that the charity serves many young people who are marginalized by several systemic circumstances “of which 70% are identified as living in low-income homes”.

The ROC, she notes, has also helped provide hygiene products through campaigns.

“Young members tell staff it’s a relief to have them available for free, especially since our members are full-time students and their families face financial barriers. »

The Prince Edward Learning Center also wrote a letter of support.

“We know first-hand that for low-income or homeless people, menstrual products are unaffordable and may not be readily available. This has been particularly difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said PELC Board Chair Maureen Adams. “This is an important initiative that we encourage the PEC Board to support.”

Susan Quaiff, executive director of The HUB, adds that the child and family centre, which employs a predominantly female workforce, “knows only too well that the costs associated with the menstrual cycle can be costly. Providing this resource to the community in downtown public restrooms is a great way to support those in need who cannot afford these products.

Alexandra Bake, vice president of the Picton Business Improvement Association, writes that there is a growing awareness that not all residents thrive within the community and that menstrual poverty is real.

“Meeting the needs of all women voters by providing free essential commodities to anyone who needs them, embraces the inclusive foundation of our community with forward-thinking actions for our entire downtown and all County.”

“As a leading post-secondary institution, providing such products for free could mean the difference between a student attending school on a given day and staying home. The choice is easy and requires little debate,” said Sean Monteith, Senior Vice President Academic and Director of Learning at Loyalist College, in his letter of support. “Whether the incentive is to eliminate stigma, remove a potential barrier, or address underlying considerations of social accessibility, the fact is that providing free menstrual products is not just a low-cost, highly beneficial, but also an ethically responsible action.

Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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