Penny Stein (back left) from the Dis-Chem Foundation is seen here with a group of schoolgirls from Kurhula Secondary School, Sabie Sands, Mpumalanga, who received their supply of feminine hygiene products recently. Picture: Supplied
There's a week to go for South Africans to put their money where their mouths are and donate for the Million Comforts campaign.

In partnership with Independent Media, the Dis-Chem Foundation is urging South Africans to donate sanitary towels to make sure that no girl misses school this year because it's that time of the month.

All you have to do is visit your local Dis-Chem store and buy one of the specially priced in-house sanitary towels for under R10 and drop it off in one of the branded purple coloured bins in-store. If you buy a sanitary towel from Always, Lil-lets and Stayfree, these manufacturers will match your donation, one for one.

Studies show that teenage girls, between the ages of 12 and 18, living in poverty in urban and rural areas, can lose up to a fifth of their high school education because they do not have access to feminine hygiene products - and are too embarrassed to attend school during their menstrual period.

#MillionComforts and #Caring4Girls seeks to answer the twin problem of sanitary towels and social taboos - with your help.

“This initiative is not just critical to ensuring young girls stay in school, but to break the chains that would otherwise condemn them to a life of poverty and hopelessness,” said Dis-Chem Foundation chairperson Lynette Saltzman.

“By being able to complete school with the best possible matric qualification, they can go out and make use of every opportunity that comes their way, and create that better life they so deserve.”

Million Comforts works with Imbumba Vision, which distributes sanitary towels to recipients and offers training.