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Share the Dignity helps women during tough times

Price Busters manager Lloyd Harding, deputy store manager Sharon Chandler, volunteer with Share the Dignity Liz Robinson and (front) Jo Harding with the donation basket in the store.
Price Busters manager Lloyd Harding, deputy store manager Sharon Chandler, volunteer with Share the Dignity Liz Robinson and (front) Jo Harding with the donation basket in the store. Adam Hourigan

PUT yourself in the shoes of women doing it tough with no roof over their heads or in domestic violence refuges when it's "that time of the month”.

According to a non-profit organisation that collects and donates sanitary products to around 100,000 women in these situations, it can come down to a choice between buying food or hygiene items.

Jo Harding, a local organiser for Share the Dignity, which is about to embark on its August donation drive, said this was just undignified.

"Women who face this problem often use newspaper, toilet paper, reuse products or use products longer than recommended, and this alone brings many hygiene and health issues, as well as the indignity,” she said.

"We believe sanitary items should be a right not a privilege, and run three drives each year to raise awareness and accept donations.”

She said Share the Dignity ran April and August sanitary drives for sanitary items only and November is a "in the bag” appeal where people can donate any toiletry items in a handbag.

"During April's drive this year there were 270,000 packs donations nation wide, 23,000 of these in NSW,” Ms Harding said.

"All donations are sent to charities and organisations who assist homeless women and women at risk of homelessness, as well as domestic and family violence refuges.”

"Donations are kept local so all products donated get directed to women in need in our area like Anglicare, OTCP Grafton, Northern Rivers Social Development Council and North Coast Housing.

Share the Dignity accepts sanitary pads, tampons, maternity pads, menstrual cups and incontinence pads. The drive begins on August 1 and continues right through the month.

Ms Harding said most of the donation points were in the businesses which sold these products.

"The businesses help us out by offering deals like buy one, get one free,” Ms Harding said.



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