On a drive for basic essentials

April 07, 2018

Share the Dignity sheros, Jess Skinner and Janelle Poar at one of Shepparton’s April Dignity Drive collection points, Fernwood Women’s Gym.

Shepparton public’s help is needed this month for the April Dignity Drive to make a difference to women experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Driven by charity organisation Share the Dignity, the initiative seeks to provide the basic essentials for women and girls in crisis by making a callout for pads, tampons and personal hygiene products.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said the organisation, through its biannual drive, helped in a small way to alleviate the undignified situations endured by thousands of women across the country.

‘‘So many women, every month, have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them. Many mothers have to choose between buying tampons and feeding their children. Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics of necessities,’’ Ms Courtenay said.

Ms Courtenay said the drive aimed to collect 200000 packets of pads and tampons.

‘‘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.’’

Shepparton collection points are at Australian Hearing Services, Fernwood, Primary Care Connect, Rights Information and Advocacy Centre and TerryWhite Chemmart in Mooroopna.

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