And easy ways you can make a difference …
The Hygiene Bank Ireland (THBI) has launched National Hygiene Week, taking place until September 19. Its aim? To raise awareness about hygiene poverty – the inability to afford many of the everyday hygiene items that most of us take for granted.
As THBI explain, hygiene poverty can affect anyone in financial difficulty, and can mean people going without the most basic hygiene products in order to prioritise rent, bills or food. And this can have serious implications for an individual or family’s health, both physical and mental. “Hygiene poverty exists in Ireland and can result in parents reusing dirty nappies, whole households sharing one toothbrush, and being unable to wash clothes when necessary.”
HOW TO HELP
It’s easy to help. You can donate money (see details below), or else add a few extra toiletries to your weekly shop – bottles of shampoo, soap, packs of nappies, new and unused make-up, for example – and deliver them to your local Drop Off Point (see the website for a quick and easy guide to the ones nearest you – they range from shops, pubs and pharmacies countrywide, as well as venues such as The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield).
Also, at the end of this week, you can join the Hike for Hygiene fundraiser running all around the country: register your fundraising activity on thehygienebank.ie and use #NationalHygieneWeek to help raise awareness across social channels.
To tackle hygiene poverty, The Hygiene Bank Ireland partners closely with organisations in Irish communities, such as women’s refuges and homeless charities, to freely provide hygiene and household cleaning products. Established in 2019, The Hygiene Bank Ireland has delivered over 21 tonnes of toiletries to 36 organisations across Ireland.
Ciára Dalton, Head of Campaigns, explains: “Hygiene Poverty is a hidden form of poverty that is affecting people all across Ireland. At The Hygiene Bank Ireland, we want to raise awareness of hygiene poverty, reduce the stigma surrounding it and work to ensure that everyone in Ireland has access to hygiene products no matter their circumstances.”
Support The Hygiene Bank Ireland by:
-Donating products to a local Drop Off Point
-Donating through their iDonate page
-Hosting a one-off hygiene drive at work or school
-Volunteering for a local THBI Project.
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