OH! Magazine - Australian Version January 2016 - Page 22

(Advertorial) SHARE THE DIGNITY ‘Sanitary items should be a right NOT a privilege.’ – Founder, Rochelle Courtney We were thrilled getting them out to some local great Brisbane charities that we knew women would benefit from. We had just 100 pads and tampons left when our neighbours in Vanuatu went into crisis, so we bundled them off and got them off to the relief team that were heading over there. Our aim is to provide homeless and at-risk almost embarrassing that it had not women throughout Australia with sanitary occurred to me before’. products to allow them a sense of dignity The most extraordinary call to action has at a time when they need it most. occurred and momentum is building. Perhaps because it is so easy just to pop No woman should suffer the indignity of another packet of pads in our shopping choosing between eating and buying basket? But we need more help. We sanitary items. want to share the dignity and be at the forefront of all women’s minds when they We have had such an amazing response shop at this time of the month. Share the from Australian women we like to call ‘sheros’ and with their help we have been Dignity was started in Brisbane when it able to provide domestic violence refuges was read by Rochelle an article on Mia Freedman’s page early in the year of and homeless shelters with substantial 2015. donations of pads and tampons. Usually these are the last items to be donated yet Rochelle decided to do something about the first to be taken. it. The first collection on 1 March 2015 We are continuously hearing from women had the local community, friends, family and local businesses come together across the country who say, ‘I had never collecting over 500 pads and tampons. thought of this being an issue. It’s Not long after that we were contacted by a few domestic violence shelters if we had anymore sanitary items but we had to say ‘no’. We never want to have to say ‘no’ again. Our second collection date was on 1 August 2015 and we were overwhelmed by the women of Australia and their passion to help share the dignity. In this collection we received over 150,000 packs of pads and tampons, which is over 1.5 million sanitary items. Unfortunately, it’s a monthly problem and there are around 92,000 women needing our assistance every month. Therefore, our aim for 2016 is to have 300,000 pads and tampons donated. For collection dates and locations (we hope for 500 collection points in Australia), or to find out how to become a ‘shero’ yourself, visit www.sharethedignity.com.au