SVA Service Award – a profile of Shuari Naidoo

November 18, 2021

In our last newsletter Shuari Naidoo’s name was left blank!  While we apologise for the mistake, we also thought this was a great opportunity to share Naidoo’s journey with you, to share the work she does, and to encourage you to follow in her footsteps.

Who is Shuari Naidoo?

As a student of Papamoa College, Shuari Naidoo became the CEO and Founder of Moraka Menstrual Cups. Her work on ending period poverty began in Year Twelve, “I wanted to start something that had a long-term impact, something that could really help people.”
Following her vision, Naidoo has become a leader in the period poverty space. “Our mission is to provide affordable, sustainable, and cost-effective period products that counter the issue of period poverty and menstrual taboo in society.”

How do you log more hours than anyone else in the country?

By figuring out what she wanted to achieve and taking the steps to achieve it, Naidoo quickly began racking up volunteering hours. Taking a small amount of time to regularly update her hours in the Service Award app meant that we here at SVA were able to find out what she was working on.
More than 43,000 young New Zealanders have given their time to help others this year, so how do you become the top volunteer? 200 students became the top volunteer at their high school, but only Naidoo received the inaugural honour of being the top volunteer, and the trip for two down to the Big Give in Canterbury in 2021.

How do you find your passion project?

By figuring out what she wanted to achieve and taking the steps to achieve it, Naidoo quickly began racking up volunteering hours. Taking a small amount of time to regularly update her hours in the Service Award app meant that we here at SVA were able to find out what she was working on.
In an interview with Em that you can read here, Naidoo says, “Take your time, there’s no use forcing something – it will feel really natural. You can start off on one path, you can start off with one passion, and it can lead to so many other things.”
If you want to support the work that Naidoo is doing, you can reach out to her at morakamenstrualcups@gmail.com. If you want to be this year’s top volunteer, just keep logging those hours.
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