If this is a cause you would like to get involved in, there are various things you can do. You can sew some reusable pads to donate, Sew or buy underwear to send to organisations for their pad kits, buy reusable pads from businesses that will send directly to aid organisations, donate money to organisations. As well as helping to spread the word!
Join a Pad Sewing group (or start one yourself)
Days for Girls is one of the largest pad sewing groups worldwide and has “chapters” in many different towns in several countries. They will accept only pads made to their pattern and from their approved fabrics, so if you’d like a group that is more flexible check out the page of links to other organisations and find somewhere that will accept the pads you’d like to make.
Or if you’re not a sewer yourself, find people to donate fabric to who would love to sew pads to donate.
Have a “Sewing Bee”, “Workshop”, or “Pad Party”
Whatever you want to call it….Gather some friends together and sew! Bring a plate of food to share along with your sewing machine, fabric and supplies and all gather together somewhere and sew! Those who can’t sew can be useful to trace out the patterns onto fabric, cut them out and pin the assembled layers together – so there is no excuse not to participate! Gather some school mothers together, or church groups. Perhaps even contact your local school, kindergarten, playgroup, community groups or whatever and see if you can organise a gathering of people willing to help this cause. Schools that offer a sewing class might be able to do a pad sewing lesson, where students are taught to make cloth pads which can be donated. After school sewing workshops might be able to be organised.
If you’d like to raise money for an organisation you could host a little morning/afternoon tea, where everyone brings a plate plus a gold coin donation. You could have raffles and other fundraising methods – and the money raised can be given to the organisation you have chosen to support.
Contact your local schools, sporting groups, churches, community groups, kindergartens, clubs etc. and see if they can do fundraising activities to raise money to give to aid organisations.
Contact local businesses who might be interested in donating money to the cause or who could donate supplies.
Put up posters and hand out flyers where you can. Best locations would be those where women frequent. Also try libraries, student union buildings and other places.