Let’s be 'brief': the donation of underwear will help Nepalese women living in poverty

Published:01 November 2018

CQUni is calling for community donations to help deliver more than 200 sanitary kits in January 2019, to women living in poverty.

CQUni is calling for community donations to help provide more than 200 sanitary kits in January 2019, to Nepalese women living in poverty.

The donation of women’s underwear, soaps and flannelette materials will go a long way in providing women with much-needed feminine hygiene materials.

CQUni is again partnering with Days for Girls Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay to create the sanitary kits.

Days for Girls Bundaberg Team Coordinator Nicole Beasley said to achieve this goal, donations from local communities would be welcomed and appreciated.

“Each sanitary kit includes two moisture barrier shields, a travel-sized soap, two pairs of underwear, a washcloth, eight absorbent tri-fold pads, two ziploc bags, and a visual instruction sheet,” she said.

“Therefore, volunteer branches are seeking donations of flannelette materials, women’s cotton or polyester hipster-style underwear from sizes eight to 16, 100 per cent cotton fabrics, washcloths and face washers, all of which need to be of a dark colour or a busy pattern (no animal or eye patterns, or saffron colours).

“In addition to large Hercules storage bags (27cm by 33cm) and small soaps such as those supplied by motel chains.

“If a community member cannot make a material donation, they can give Kmart or Big W gift cards, or a monetary donation, which can be made by emailing their local Days for Girls volunteer branch.

“Material donations can be dropped off at any local CQUni Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone or Rockhampton campus from today until 30 November 2018.

“Volunteers will then collect the materials and commence making the sanitary kits for the impending CQUni Nursing academic trip to Pokhara, Nepal in early January 2019.”

Professor Kerry Reid-Searl said Days for Girls had been kindly donating sanitary kits to CQUni for four years now, as part of the University’s New Colombo Mobility Plan.

“The organisation’s commitment to help mitigate the challenges associated with menstrual hygiene in developing countries is remarkable,” she said.

“Our Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work students and academics have successfully delivered these sanitary kits to women in Nepal, India and Cambodia, and will continue to do so.

“Days for Girls can only make more of an impact with the help of local communities, so I strongly encourage people to make a positive difference.”

To read about the initiative or to get involved, visit

Donation drop-off points:
CQUni North Rockhampton - Foyer of ground floor, Building 18 or email
CQUni Mackay Ooralea - Foyer of ground floor, Building 19 or email
CQUni Mackay City - Building 3, near the café area or email
CQUni Bundaberg - Foyer of Building 1 or email
CQUni Gladstone - Foyer of Martin Hanson Building or email