THAT TIME OF THE MONTH, a new monthly film event, aims to help schoolgirls across the UK secure their futures while offering attendees a sumptuous escape into the past, with a series of screenings of period dramas to raise funds for the Red Box Project, a community-led initiative to combat period poverty in schools.
One in ten girls in the UK have been unable to afford sanitary wear, 49 per cent of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period, and 48 per cent of girls aged 14-21 in the UK are embarrassed by their periods.
The Red Box Project was initiated in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young women in their local area access to sanitary products, and began organising constantly stocked boxes of sanitary wear in schools in Portsmouth. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited women from across the country to be a part of this movement. There are now Red Box Projects all across the UK, from Scotland to Cornwall.
“Let’s face it, period poverty is an outrage,” says Liesl Rose, co-founder. “The Red Box Project uses community kindness to support young women and these monthly film fundraisers are a fantastic example of that.”
That Time of the Month was dreamed up by Emma Kosmin, 29, who volunteers for her local Red Box Project in Watford/Bushey.
“My friends and I love to watch period dramas together while on our periods,” says Emma. “It’s permission for having a little time out from life during what can sometimes be a rough time of the month. Now we’d like to invite you to join us too”.
All profits from the first event will benefit the Red Box Project in Watford/Bushey, with eachevent highlighting and supporting local projects across the UK. There will be a Red Box at Fontaines on the night to accept sanitary donations to benefit local schools, so bring what you can!
The Red Box Project requests donations of sanitary pads (all varieties of length and flow), tampons (regular or light), panty liners (individually wrapped), small packets of Femfresh wipes (or similar), disposable sanitary bags, new dark coloured knickers (sizes child 10-11 up to adult size 16), small roll-on deodorants, shower gel and opaque black tights (all sizes).
You’ll get a chance to learn more about the Red Box Project, and we got some special surprises lined up for the first event, watch this space.
Luxury seats are £9 and regular are £7. Includes popcorn! Limited so act fast!
Fontaines is a venue for those 21+.
You can also donate directly to Red Box Project in Watford/Bushey here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/redboxprojectwatford