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CAPE TOWN - Young girls from township and rural schools will soon benefit from R150 000 donated by Old Mutual through the Imbumba Foundation's Caring4Girls programme.

Old mutual is set to supply 2 323 high school girls and 317 primary school girls from greater  Sekhukhune in LImpopo. The Caring4Girls programme is a sanitary towels distribution programme which strives to help keep young girls in school during their monthly menstrual cycles. 

Head of the Old Mutual Foundation, Millicent Maroga says, "The aims of the Caring4Girls programme are closely aligned to our own goals of integrating marginalised South Africans into the mainstream economy, providing critical educational support to our next generation, and caring for vulnerable communities, particularly those in rural and peri-urban communities, where this need is often greatest".

Maroga says the Caring4Girls programme has to date improved the lives of more than 10 000 girls and has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads.It is understood that leaners who will be provided with the dignity packs are from schools that are already under Old Mutual Education Flagship.