Campaign aims to share dignity

Kristin MacfarlaneSouth Western Times
Share the Dignity volunteers Lisa Broun and Peta Palmer say there is a huge need for donations of sanitary items.
Camera IconShare the Dignity volunteers Lisa Broun and Peta Palmer say there is a huge need for donations of sanitary items. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

For most women, the task of buying sanitary items is done without any second thought.

For others facing hardships such as homelessness, domestic violence and financial difficulties, they can be items that are not accessible because they are necessities low on their priority list.

Share the Dignity is a charity which believes access to sanitary items should be a right, not a privilege, and is running a Dignity Drive campaign in August where Bunbury residents and businesses are asked to support the efforts.

Peta Palmer has been a campaign volunteer for two years and said there was a desperate need for donations of sanitary items in Bunbury and nearby areas.

She said they would need more than 500 packs donated to cater to women around the South West, which would last until the next drive in April.

Volunteer Lisa Broun said collection boxes would also be set up at businesses in Harvey, Australind, Collie, Boyanup, Busselton, Donnybrook and Manjimup for people to make donations of sanitary items.

Ms Broun said at the end of the campaign the donated items would be given to different organisations that dealt with women facing hardship.

“Everything collected in this area goes to organisations in this area,” Ms Broun said.

“I hadn’t actually considered people who were homeless, that really drew at my heartstrings,” Ms Broun said.

She urged the community to get behind the campaign.

To get involved, go to sharethedignity.com.au.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails