Therusha Budhai, a philanthropist, who wants to touch the lives of young girls in schools.
Therusha Budhai, a Phoenix-born philanthropist, believes in making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Counting down to her 40th birthday, Budhai hopes to help get more young girls to school.
“About six million girls miss school due to menstruation and I want to help change this. For my 40th birthday, I would like to donate 4000 packs of sanitary items,” Budhai said.
Appealing to the public to help her birthday wish come true, Budhai humbly calls on the public to help in collecting 4000 packs of tampons, tampons or even better menstrual cups by February 9, 2020.
“I humbly plead to everyone to buy an extra pack or box of pads and tampons, every time you do your toiletry shopping,” Budhai said.
Budhai revealed that studies in South Africa have shown that 30 percent of girls do not attend school when they are menstruating, as they cannot afford sanitary products.
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“At the Global Citizen Festival in December 2018, President Ramaphosa spoke about the importance of improving menstrual health. I have always been passionate about helping the less fortunate and in 2016,” Budhai said.
Budhai joined the Lightworkers Women’s Organisation, a non-profit organisation that assists vulnerable and disadvantaged women and children in need.
Being in the company of like-minded women from varying backgrounds who want to serve, inspired Budhai. “This experience inspired me so much that I birthed this very special personal project,” Budhai said.
“As the focus of the world has now turned to gender equality, hearing the plight of girls in our country really saddened me and I thought I can use my upcoming milestone birthday to make a difference. I aim to collect 4000 packs of sanitary items before February 9, 2020 and these will be distributed to underprivileged girls in Johannesburg and Phoenix areas,” Budhai said.
Members of the public can email Therusha on [email protected] or inbox her on Facebook under the name Therusha Budhai.