A #BloodyImportant Fundraiser
New OPIRG working group, Bleed Free McMaster, starts taking action this semester. Second year Health Science undergraduate students, Hana and Rebecca, came up with the idea for Bleed Free during a first-year inquiry course. They are calling on students to smash the stigma around menstruation and put an end to period shaming.
Tomorrow they will kick off their first #BloodyImportant fundraiser to collect funds and menstrual product donations for Interval House of Hamilton.
You can support Bleed Free’s efforts by visiting their table in MUSC on Thursday, March 29th and Wednesday, April 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bleed Free will be collecting donations in exchange for handmade #BloodyImportant pins, magnets, laptop stickers, and t-shirts. You will also have the opportunity to enter and win one many exciting raffle prizes – including a $100 gift card to White Elephant!
Meet the Team
Read on why menstrual equity is so #BloodyImportant to these McMaster undergraduate students and why they Bleed Free!
Francesca Mortin,“Menstrual equity is #BloodyImportant to me because as a McMaster student I am a member of the Hamilton community, and I feel a responsibility to help marginalized members of our community in accessing basic necessities, like menstrual products. Together, we can work to end menstrual inequalities, in a way that is sustainable, inclusive, and period positive!”
Rebecca Zhong, “I bleed free because I believe that menstruating individuals shouldn’t feel shame surrounding their period. Menstrual equity is #BloodyImportant to me because periods are hard enough as is. No one should have to worry about being able to afford a period; we all deserve the right to bleed free!”
Alyssa Faiczak, “Half the world does it, so why is there still such a stigma and distaste around talking about it? I #BleedFree to help get menstrual health normalized, accessible and equal for all!”
Hana Brath, “I bleed free because no one should feel shame about their bodies, and they definitely shouldn’t feel shame when it comes to menstruating! Periods shouldn’t be something we need to hide! Everyone’s health is important, and periods and the stigma that encompasses them act as significant barriers for many menstruating individuals. Everyone should be able to access the menstrual products or health services they need – periods shouldn’t limit us in any way!”
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BleedFreeMcMaster/
#BloodyImportant Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/182654995857728/