Donate essential hygiene items to women in poverty this month

HELPING HAND: Cowyn Salon from Woolworths Oasis Broadbeach with volunteer Mary.

HELPING HAND: Cowyn Salon from Woolworths Oasis Broadbeach with volunteer Mary.

REDLANDS residents can share the dignity with women across Australia experiencing period poverty.

At Woolworths stores across the Redlands, people can donate essential hygiene items - including pads and tampons - as part of Share the Dignity's August drive.

About 3.2 million Australians are currently living under the poverty line. More than half of them are women and young girls.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said many women were unable to afford sanitary products.

"Many mothers have to choose between buying sanitary items and feeding their children," she said.

"While this is a major problem facing our society it is a topic that not many people want to talk about. I applaud Woolworths for taking leadership in addressing this taboo subject and helping the Share the Dignity team in driving greater awareness of this growing issue.

Since forming the partnership earlier this year, Woolworths has donated five cents from every pack of sanitary items sold, including pads, tampons, liners or period briefs, across its stores nationally.

Funds donated to date by Woolworths will be used to purchase 30 new Pink Box Dignity Vending Machines, which dispense free period packs to women and girls in need in domestic violence refuges, homelessness hubs and schools.

Share the Dignity volunteers will collect and deliver donated sanitary products to charities in their local community.

Among the dedicated volunteers is Cleveland's Jacqui Ooi, who has worked with Share the Dignity for almost a year.

"I started donating and then as I learnt more about what Share the Dignity did I decided that I wanted to become more involved," she said.

"I love being a part of a group of local Redland Coasters who all come together to help with the collections. We end up with our cars filled with bags and bags of pads and tampons."

This is Share the Dignity's 10th Dignity Drive since 2015.

As well as in Woolworths stores around the Redlands, people can make donations at Redland Bay Discount Drug Store, Chempro on Mt Cotton Road in Capalaba, Capalaba Park shopping centre, BP2GO Capalaba and BP Thornlands.