West Bay Rotary Awards $3,000 to One Less Worry

By West Bay Rotary Club | Nov 15, 2021
West Bay Rotary President Mark Coursey (left) and District 7790 Secretary Etienne Perret present a $3,000 donation to Sharon Hobson, Executive Director/Founder of One Less Worry at the weekly Rotary club assembly.

CAMDEN, Maine—West Bay Rotary presented $3,000 to One Less Worry (OLW) to support its initiative to provide free eco-friendly menstrual cups to 300 low-income women in Knox County. These cups will save women hundreds of dollars and significantly reduce menstrual products going into the waste stream.

In accepting the donation, OLW Executive Director and founder Sharon Hobson said, “Research shows that the average woman spends $75 to $100 a year for menstrual products. For a woman who is having a difficult time feeding a family, tampons and pads become an expense that is hard to afford. By supplying the free menstrual cups, the cost of menstruation drops to almost zero.

“Environmentally, most pads & tampons come in a box. Inside the box are the products, which are each individually wrapped. Most tampons have a plastic applicator. Pads have a removable strip over adhesive. Except for expensive all-organic cotton tampons and pads, which few people can afford, most pads & tampons are made from synthetic materials like rayon or absorbent polymers which are often bleached so that they are white. There is nothing environmentally friendly about commonly used and affordable menstrual products.”

One Less Worry is a grassroots organization that provides pads, tampons, and toilet paper to people in Knox County. While its product distribution is focused on local communities, its advocacy efforts have a far broader reach. For more information, go to: www.onelessworry.me.

About West Bay Rotary

West Bay Rotary is celebrating its 36th year of manifesting its mission of “service above self” here in the Midcoast. The club undertakes dozens of community projects as well as fundraising (and “fun-raising”) events, including its annual “Duck Derby,” Chili Challenge, Toboggan Nationals parking, and more. The door for prospective members is always open. The club meets on Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., currently both in-person and via Zoom. For more information, go to: www.westbayrotaryofmaine.org.

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