Pancake Day: Period pancakes and tampon macarons served to fight period poverty
Bloody Big Brunch / The Book Club
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Tomorrow (March 5) is Pancake Day and we all have the same craving. But could you stomach these ‘period pancakes’ and ‘tampon macarons’ to help fight period poverty?
This Shrove Tuesday, you can dig into a period-inspired pancake to show your support for the #FreePeriods movement.
The Book Club in Shoreditch, London, is serving these red velvet ‘period pancakes’, garnished with tampon-designed macarons and a side of Bloody Mary, in support of the Bloody Big Brunch charity.
The venue will be serving the period-themed pancakes for the duration of Pancake Week from March 3 until March 10.
It aims to increase awareness about period poverty and to raise money to help people who are unable to afford sanitary products.
The 2019 official Bloody Big Brunch was held at the London restaurant on Sunday (March 3). The menu for the day was period-themed, with its red velvet pancakes, tampon macarons and Bloody Marys on tap.Tampon Macarons or #PeriodPancakes anyone? This #PancakeDay, @TheBookClubE2C will be selling red velvet period pancakes to raise awareness and support #PeriodPoverty charity @BloodyBigBrunch. 15% of profits will be donated. >> https://t.co/I8euyAzDtS @SquareMeal pic.twitter.com/QSHZ7HGXRU
— Chelsea Marketing (@ChelseaMarketin) February 22, 2019
Amika George, founder of Free Periods —the organisation with a mission to end period poverty— was the brunch host along with celebrity guests such Made in Chelsea‘s Jess Woodley and Celebs Go Dating‘s Tom Read Wilson.
And even better, the charity brunch featured drag performances.
But overall, the theme aimed to see what society thinks of periods. For example, when you see the photo of the ‘period-blood’ pancake, what do you think? Are you disgusted or are you unfazed?Really fun event today at @BloodyBigBrunch and @HeyGirlsUK raising money to address period poverty through menstrual product and money donations for @freeperiods campaign and organisation such as @RedBoxHackneyN #bloodybigbrunch #periodpoverty#freeperiods pic.twitter.com/8lXwLdrVwZ
— Flow Free (@flowfreeboxes) March 3, 2019
According to the Bloody Big Brunch charity, “shame around menstruation is still widespread, with half of people currently describing periods as unpleasant or disgusting – but 69% of people, including men and boys, wish that we felt more comfortable about them.”
What’s more, almost three in 10 people with periods throughout the United Kingdom have been unable to afford menstrual products with 38 per cent of them bleeding through most days of their period and 26 percent missing school or work.
The charity wants everyone to get involved with their own period-theme brunches. But are you tempted to join in for the cause this Pancake Day? What do you think?