Bundaberg residents are encouraged to help Share the Dignity and donate female sanitary products through the month of August.
Share the Dignity’s Wide Bay Charity Volunteer Corina Robinson said the bi-annual drive had already sparked a lot of interest from new and old Sheroes and now also Heroes in the Bundaberg Region and it would run until 31 August.
Corina said with the fall out of COVID-19, the impacts of period poverty were likely to hit females across the country hard, and with a little support from community members and groups the Dignity Drive would help local women and girls in need.
“It’s really fantastic to see people are still buying products to support locals,” Corina said.
“Even local community groups are getting involved and instead of having a money donation at a morning tea, they are asking people to donate a product.”
Share the Dignity believe that everyone deserves a choice when they are taking control of their period.
The Australian charity believes that not only should those in need have the right to period products, they should have the right to use the products they are comfortable in using.
The charity accepts all approved period products, as well as incontinence products and reusable items.
Share the Dignity donations help all walks of life
Helping people from all walks of life, Share the Dignity will be looking to fill requests from around 2000 charities nationally who will ensure the products are going to the women and girls dealing with period poverty, giving them just one less thing to worry about.
Bundaberg’s Robyn Silcox is a volunteer with Share the Dignity and will be helping to collect and distribute the donations in Bundaberg.
“This is my first time taking part in the Dignity Drive and helping local women and girls in my community,” Robyn said.
“I believe that every woman and girl deserve to be able to manage their period with dignity.”
The charity's last Dignity Drive in March was cut short due to COVID-19 impacting the collection, meaning that many charities received only half of what they requested.
Ahead of the August Dignity Drive kicking off, Share the Dignity has received around 700 more charity requests for period products than they received in March.
The upcoming Dignity Drive runs throughout August with collection boxes placed in all Woolworths stores and other registered business locations.
- To find your closest collection point click here.
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