Share the Dignity is a not for profit, volunteer-run organisation. Led by founder, Rochelle Courtenay, they have over 4000 volunteers nationally, who work tirelessly to give women in homeless shelters and domestic violence refuges access to much needed sanitary items. In Australia, there are currently 105,237 homeless persons, 44% of these are women. Many of these women have no access to sanitary items and are forced to create makeshift pads from newspaper, toilet paper or hand towels.
The Dignity Drive collections are held across Australia in the months of April and August. This is collection of sanitary items which are distributed to women in need. Since April 2015 over 1.7 million items have been collected to ensure that no woman ever has to face the indignity of not having access to sanitary items when she needs them.
The Preloved Clothing Market is pleased to be supporting this initiative in August 2019 with a collection point at our market on Saturday, 31 August. Your generous donations will be gratefully received from 10-2pm. You’ll find the donation box in the market entrance foyer at 3 Sandy Bay Road.
Watch out for our It’s In the Bag collection point at our 30 November market at Enjoy Church, Kingston. The It’s in the Bag campaign is a Christmas gift with heart. Supporters all over Australia fill preloved bags with new essentials and luxury items that we all tend to take for granted. This small act of kindness ensures that homeless women and women fleeing domestic violence receive a lovingly created gift at Christmas time.
Share the Dignity’s core belief is that sanitary items should be a right not a privilege.
Share the Dignity is committed to ensuring that no woman or girl in Australia ever goes without the sanitary items they need. Through a number of initiatives this organisation, with the help and support of local communities, gives back to women in need. The support of the community for these initiatives is what allows this initiative to be so successful and something for which Share the Dignity is eternally grateful.