Members of The North Shore Breakfast Club, a women’s networking/resource group that meets in Highland Park, is hosting its annual “We Support Women” fundraising event next week to benefit Cycle Forward.
Held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 at Michael’s Red Hots in Highland Park, the event is sponsored by The North Shore Breakfast Club, Michael’s Red Hots, Done Deal Promotions, and Sweet Things Bake Shop.
Founded by Highland Park High School senior Sophie Draluck, Cycle Forward provides menstrual hygiene products to girls and women in need.
Draluck will be a guest speaker during the event, discussing how her organization supports girls and young women locally and overseas who face similar issues of not being able to afford sanitary products. She will also share her experiences traveling to India and learning firsthand how much of an impact her organization can truly make, near and far.
“I came up with the idea for Cycle Forward when I read an article about the link between school absenteeism among teenage girls and the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products in Uganda and other African countries,” she says. “I saw how a single problem was creating big ripple effects that deeply affected the lives of so many girls. Suddenly, this basic necessity for those who menstruate started to seem not basic at all, and I realized that people in our own country might face similar challenges and difficulties in obtaining menstrual hygiene products.”
Attendees will also enjoy a private screening of the Oscar-winning documentary short film, “Period. End of Sentence,” which focuses on how a woman’s cycle can limit her education and her life.
One hundred percent of all ticket sales will go directly to support the important work of Cycle Forward. Guests are welcome to bring donations of new sanitary products to aid Cycle Forward in serving the women and girls in our own community.
Tickets are $20 per guest (which includes salads, fries, soft drinks, and desserts) and can be purchased through Eventbrite at tinyurl.com/y27lkhv3 or by visiting thenorthshorebreakfastclub.com.