Collecting sanitary items for women in need
With the fall out of COVID-19, the impacts of 'period poverty' is likely to hit many Aussies across the country hard.
I love taking part in the Dignity Drive. I believe that every woman and girl deserve to be able to manage their menstruation with dignityvolunteer for Share the Dignity, Jacqui Hughes
For the fifth year, Share the Dignity is running their biannual Dignity Drive in August to collect much needed donations of sanitary products to help women and girls in need.
Share the Dignity believes everyone deserves a choice when it comes to being in control of the menstrual needs.
The charity believes that not only should women have the right to have access to sanitary products, they should be able to use the products they are most comfortable using.
The charity accepts all approved sanitary products such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, menstrual underwear, reusable pads and incontinence products.
Share the Dignity requires all sanitary products to be in the original packaging.
Share the Dignity is also encouraging donations of reusable items such as menstrual cups and period underwear.
"Helping people from all walks of life, Share the Dignity is looking to fill requests from around 2000 charities nationally," volunteer for Share the Dignity, Jacqui Hughes said.
"These charities will ensure the products go to the women and girls dealing with 'period poverty' giving them with one less thing to worry about.
Ms Hughes will be helping to collect and distribute the donations in Batemans Bay.
"I love taking part in the Dignity Drive. I believe that every woman and girls deserve to be able to manage their menstruation with dignity.
"Here in Australia we have women using toilet paper and washers rather than pads and some of our are girls missing school as they cannot afford sanitary products and that's simply not okay," she said.
The charity's last Dignity Drive in March was cut short due to COVID-19 impacting the collection.
"This mean't that a lot of charities received only half of what they requested," Ms Hughes said.
Ahead of the August Dignity Drive kicking off, Share the Dignity has received around 700 more charity requests for period products than they received during March.
The upcoming Dignity Drive runs throughout August with collection boxes placed in all Woolworth's stores and other registered business locations.
Visit www.sharethedignity.com.au to find your closest collection point.
About Share the Dignity
Share the Dignity began in 2015 when founder Rochelle Courtenay first heard of homeless women going without basic sanitary items.
Since then Share the Dignity has donated over 2.5 million packets of tampons to those in need with the help of 5000 volunteers nationwide.