In a bid to help young girls in Sudan enduring horrible conditions, the South Australian Gloria Health Association will be hosting a Ladies Night Fundraiser at the Wanderers Soccer Club on November 23.
The proceeds from the night will allow the Gloria Health Association to fund around 2000-3000 personal hygiene packs for young females in South Sudan to enable them to continue attending school.
The fundraiser will kick off at 7pm and will include supper, guest speakers, raffles, a door prize, and music.
Organiser Athina Duot, who is originally from Sudan, said many Sudanese girls drop out of school during puberty and get married at a young age. She says there is little support for their hygiene there.
“The last time I went down to South Sudan it was like a nightmare. I cried all the time,” she said.
“That’s why I wanted to let people know there are girls there sitting under trees not moving because they can’t afford to access the products we have here for girls.
“A majority of (those girls) die during childbirth...because their bodies are not yet mature. We need to teach girls how their bodies function while giving them the dignity to sit in class comfortably.”
There’s also a lack of nurses and midwifes in South Sudan which is contributing to the problem. In fact, the whole country has only two qualified midwives.
The Gloria Health Association are aiming to address that issue by establishing a school of nurses and midwifery in Sudan. They have received donations of medical equipment which will support that project.
Ms Duot emphasised that the term ‘Ladies Night’ refers to the women in South Sudan, and that men are more than welcome to attend on the night.
“The night will help raise awareness about young girls in Sudan. We are pretty lucky here in Australia, so we don’t really know much about what these girls are going through,” she said.
Tickets for the night can be purchased from Eddie Hughes office at the Westlands Shopping Centre.