For the fifth year in a row Share the Dignity’s August Dignity Drive is now running for the month of August with Woolworths stores across the country hosting collection points
for all sanitary item donations.
Share the Dignity is a national charity that collects and provides thousands of sanitary products - pads, tampons and other personal hygiene items - every year for women and teenage girls experiencing homelessness and poverty. Small dignities make a big difference.
“So many women, every month, have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them. Many mothers have to choose between buying sanitary items and feeding their children,” said Rochelle Courtenay, founder of Share the Dignity. "With COVID-19 forcing the March Dignity Drive to end earlier than planned, Share the Dignity are excited to be back for our August drive to donate much needed period products to those in need across the country. After the fall out of the pandemic, we predict more and more Aussies will be in need of our help and we need your generous donations to do so."
"Since Share the Dignity was founded, we have been able to donate 2.5 million period products to those in need through our Dignity Drives and It’s In The Bag campaign. "Your generosity has changed the lives of so many across Australia and we are so thankful. "We donate thousands of packets of unopened period products to our partner charities to help women doing it tough. From those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, and those doing it tough. We believe everyone experiencing period poverty deserves the right to their dignity. “3.2 million Australians are currently living below the poverty line, 52% of those are women and girls. Many of them are experiencing what is referred to as ‘period poverty’ - being unable to afford necessary sanitary products.”
“This is our second national collection drive in partnership with Woolworths. It is so fabulous that Woolworths is supporting this dignity drive in all regional and urban areas” added Rochelle.
A local Share the Dignity organiser told The Beagle:
“ We are asking our local communities to help ‘share the dignity’ and that for every sanitary product you buy this month, buy one for a woman or girl in need. Donations can be dropped in the collection box at your local Woolworths supermarket across the Eurobodalla and Bega Shires”.
“Wherever you live - from Batemans Bay to Moruya, to Narooma, Bermagui and Bega - you can drop in to Woollies, buy some extra sanitary products, and pop them in our pink collection boxes.”
"All donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards. We do this because no one should have to choose between a tampon and a meal.
"When you donate period products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating to a charity that directly supports those in need. You’re giving someone experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so they don't need to choose between food and dignity. The idea that people around the country are using socks or toilet paper instead of period products needs to change and we need your help.
"Next time you’re doing your shopping, keep in mind: one for me, one for them."
Above: Share the Dignity local volunteer Kathleen Nirlipta in 2019 showcasing the Share the Dignity collection box where you can drop your donations