Women share dignity
Thursday, 6th December, 2018
A positive response to a Share the Dignity campaign has seen a room filled with bags and goods to be donated to local women in need.
Recently the BDT took up the call to be a collection point for Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag campaign.
The major fundraising drive was called ‘It’s in the Bag’. It works by choosing a handbag or toiletry bag that is in good condition but is no longer in use and you fill it with items that would make a woman feel special.
Some of the items that could be packed into your bag include relevant, everyday items such as shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and paste, soap and deodorant and essential sanitary items.
Other thoughtful inclusions could be, socks, a torch, band aids or a good book.
For health and safety reasons food, sharps and pharmaceuticals should not be added to the bag.
In Broken Hill, the BDT was the collection point and all the bags were donated to Staying Home Leaving Violence Broken Hill.
Staying Home Leaving Violence program co-ordinator Fiona Camilleri said she was flawed with the response.
“It’s amazing how the community just keeps giving to those less fortunate.
“We had trouble getting in the room.
“I think people understand the need of women who are doing it tough.
“Without donations like these, there is no way we could buy toiletries to give to the women.
Advocacy worker Libby Matthias said donations like these could mean the difference of being able to afford food.
“It means these women have more money to spend on other things,” she said.
“They don’t have to choose to go without.”
When asked if they would ask for help again next year, Fiona said there was no need.
“(BDT’s) Jenny (Hall) said she is already into it for next year.”
Share the Dignity ensures vulnerable and at risk women in Australia have the Dignity they deserve and this Christmas they hosted a campaign to give these women a little help and happiness.
Share the Dignity is one of Australia’s most active charitable organisations which gives sanitary and hygiene products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims, as sanitary items should be a right, not a privilege.
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