A Lotus River couple teamed up with the Mini Club CPT for a sanitary towel drive to assist an organisation called OWN – the Ottery Welfare Network.
Clyde and Sharmie Visage started the initiative after Sharmie had a personal experience with the hefty price of pads.
The couple, along with the owners of 30 Mini classic cars, held a park-off at the old Lotus River High School on Sunday afternoon to collect pads for needy girls and women.
The couple also has an online talk show, named Sundaze With The Versaces, every Sunday at 12pm on their YouTube channel, called The Versaces.
Sharmie says: “We are a young married couple who recently created a platform for local artists to come and share their stories of motivation and inspiration on our talk show.
“We always had the desire to help in and around our community, but we didn't know where to start and what need it is we would like to focus on.
“Based on my own personal experience where my period was intermittent for almost three months, I had to use way more pads than I normally do and I realised how costly this can actually be and I felt for those women who are unemployed and who have to make an alternative plan just to get through their period.
“I now strongly believe that sanitary towels should be free and condoms should be charged for. Having a period is not a choice but having sex is.”
Sharmie says they received dozens of packets of pads and are able to assist many girls.
“The donations have exceeded our expectations and we are now able to assist other areas in need which we have already identified.”