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Conscious Community With The Good Fund Tell us a little bit about who you are: The Good Fund is a not for profit social enterprise, set up to help menstruating people affected by period poverty. That's the official description. But who we are, is two Kiwi women, mums, bleeders, who through different paths became aware of the very real issue of period Poverty in Aotearoa and wanted to do something about it. Period poverty? What is that? Period poverty is the phrase we use to describe the situation where the ongoing costs of tampons and pads are unattainable for a person. There is this idea out there that a period is a nice tidy 5 day event that 2 x $2 box of tampons will manage - but we know that's not the case. Many people who contact us are bleeding for well over 7 days. They are bleeding heavily. They soak through pads and tampons in a matter of hours, and they;re spending a heck of a lot of money every month. For many, some months it's just not possible to find the funds, so they use newspaper, toilet paper, their babies nappies, socks, rags, towels - anything they have at hand to manage their bleeding. We hear from students missing out on school, from women having to take time of work and from stay at home mums who literally do not leave the house. The stories we get from those needing help are raw and heartfelt. Often we are the first people they have opened up to about the struggles they face. How do you help? In simple terms, we fund the cost of reusable period products. The idea came about from our co-founder Kimberli, who in 2017 launched the first ever NZ made menstrual cup, and alongside it, launched the first ever NZ based 'buy one gift one' menstrual cup initiative. She knew this problem existed before it became so widely seen in media. Then, in 2018, Emily joined as a MyCup community partner, to help distribute cups, alongside one on one education, to those in need in the Waikato. To date - the buy one gift one initiative that 48

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Kimberli runs, has give more than 8,000 menstrual cups to communities NZ wide. However, we know that menstrual cups are not for all bodies, and we deserve choice in how we manage our period. That choice has been missing. Often, those struggling to afford menstrual products have limited options for help. They can get help with tampons and pads from various organisations, but that help is short term, and having to ask over and over month after month, that's crushing. We wanted to give choice, and empower people to manager their period sustainable for longer than just one month. We also wanted to help the planet. People don't realise the environmental impact of menstrual priducts, During a lifetime a person will throw away close to 12,000 menstrual items into landfill. By replacing this with a reusable option, we're helping Mother Earth, as well as the people who live on her. How does The Good Fund help? People apply online, and we respond with three options for help. Anyone can apply. It is not our place to judge anyone's situation or need. If people apply for our help, we offer it. We have three levels of help: #1 - We offer a 50% rebate on any one of 14 period packs. The packs range in price from $40 - $70 and offer menstrual cups cloth pads and period underwear for adults and children. #2 - We also offer WINZ quotes. #3 - We offer fully funded packs for those who need full support. The packs are sent each month, and we generally send anywhere from 60 - 100 packs a month. Tell us a bit about the products you offer: It was important to us, that we offered quality products AND the support and education to go alongside it. There is a misconception that 'all

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