Gold Coasters are being urged to donate sanitary items this month to help local women and teenage girls experiencing period poverty.
Every month over 100,000 Australians go without female sanitary products because they simply cannot afford them, due to homelessness, poverty and domestic violence situations.
After the fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s predicted this number will rise even further.
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But there is something you can do to help!
Share the Dignity is hosting a Dignity Donation Drive throughout August and is calling on Gold Coasters to donate tampons, pads and personal hygiene products.
Pink collection boxes have popped up at Australia Fair, outside Coles and Woolworths, with locals encouraged to purchase an extra box of tampons or packet of pads during a grocery shop to donate.
Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said the organisation, through the donation drive, helps in some small way to alleviate the undignified situations that thousands of women and girls across the country endure.
“So many women every month have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them. Many mothers must choose between buying tampons and feeding their children. Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics of necessities,” she said.
“When they cannot have access to the essential feminine products, women become extremely resourceful…by using wadded up newspaper, or toilet paper, or socks. This should not be happening.”
Share the Dignity requires all sanitary products to be in the original packaging. All approved sanitary products are accepted, such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, menstrual underwear, reusable pads and incontinence products.
For more information on Share the Dignity, and the Dignity Donation Drive, visit: sharethedignity.com.au/