NUI Galway Students’ Union has announced that it will be partnering with The Hygiene Bank Galway this year.
The Students’ Union will hold monthly donation drives asking students and staff at the University to join the fight against hygiene poverty.
A donation point will be located in the Students’ Union office each month starting on Monday 27 September, where hygiene, personal care and household cleaning products can be left for those in need.
The items will then be distributed to The Hygiene Bank’s community partners in Galway who include COPE Galway, Galway Simon Community, Galway Traveller Movement and St Vincent de Paul among others.
They are asking for donations of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razors, shaving foam, deodorant, hairbrushes, hair ties, period products, nappies, baby wipes, toilet roll, headlice shampoo and laundry detergent.
Students’ Union President Róisín Nic Lochlainn said: “We are delighted to partner with The Hygiene Bank this year to join the fight against hygiene poverty.
“The Hygiene Bank are an amazing movement who help those living in poverty access the basics items they need. Their work addresses a huge injustice that exists in our society.”
Students’ Union Vice President/Welfare and Equality Officer Cora Clarke added that hygiene poverty is a major issue where those living in poverty have their choices restricted.
“It can lead to people having to make impossible choices between buying food or keeping clean.
“Our monthly donation drives aim to help The Hygiene Bank to stop the social isolation that can result from hygiene poverty.”