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.
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A reminder for the month of August, we are collecting pads, tampons, and personal products for @sharethedignityaustralia to support local women and girls in need, who would otherwise go without😌 . You can help us make a difference by donating in our pink donation bins located outside Coles and Woolworths💕 . More information can be found on our website – link in bio. . . . . . . . . #sharethedignity #dignitydrive #rfdignitydrive20 #community #goldcoast #charity #sanitarypads #tampons #periodpoverty #periods #period #womenscharity #femalecharity #wearegc
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.
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What period products do you use to manage your period? Everyone is different, that's why the theme for this years Dignity Drive is CHOICE. We not only believe that our sisters in need have a right to period products, we believe they should be empowered when doing so. That's why we want to give those in need a choice, they deserve options with the products they use. Imagine never having used a tampon but that was the only option you were given to manage your period. We want everyone to feel empowered when they have their period. For more information on donating to our Dignity Drive, visit our website: https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/event/august-dignity-drive
For more information on Share the Dignity, and the Dignity Donation Drive, visit: sharethedignity.com.au/