SHOPPERS at Capalaba Park shopping centre can donate essential hygiene items to women in need during a month-long donation drive.
Co-ordinated by charity organisation Share the Dignity, the Dignity Drive seeks to provide the basic essentials for women and girls in crisis calling for donations of tampons, pads and personal hygiene products to distribute to women nationwide.
Every month, more than 100,000 Australian women and teenage girls go without female sanitary products because they cannot afford them due to homelessness, poverty and domestic violence situations.
Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said the organisation aimed to alleviate the undignified situations that thousands of women across the country endure.
"So many women every month have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them," she said.
"Many mothers must choose between buying tampons and feeding their children. Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics of necessities.
"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."
Ms Courtenay said through donation drive, Share the Dignity aimed to collect and distribute 200,000 packets of tampons and pads.
Retail First marketing head Bec Gascoigne said Retail First - which managed 19 south east Queensland centres, including Capalaba Park - was excited to be part of the Share the Dignity drive again after a successful result in April earlier this year.
"Our customers were so generous in April and it created a wonderful opportunity for everyday shoppers to help local women and teenage girls in need," she said.
"Something as simple and inexpensive as a packet of tampons will make a great difference to a young Queensland woman in need."
Pink collection boxes will be located in Capalaba Park shopping centre throughout August.
People can also donate at Woolworths stores across the Redlands and various other locations.
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