Australia, you have just days left to donate tampons and pads to Share the Dignity, a charity that provides sanitary items to women in need.
Their April product drive is almost over and happens again in August.
Although you can pretty much donate any time. After all, periods do come every single month and most of us take it for granted we’ll be able to access the essential products we need in order to lead a dignified life.
Just remember the last time you got your period and were fresh out of tampons? You probably just popped down to the shops and bought some.
But have you ever stopped to think of what a disadvantaged woman would do? Sure, the cheapest box of tampons costs only $2.50, but when you have children to feed and every cent counts, that’s a fortune to spend every single month.
Having your period can be costly. For something we have no choice but to use, whether it be tampons or pads or cups or sponges, we need them. Women don’t choose to have their periods month after month.
It’s something we’ve been talking about at Mamamia for a while now, and it was an article we published on our website in 2015 that caught the eye of Brisbane-based personal trainer Rochelle Courtenay.
She didn’t just share the post or like it, she decided to do something about it.
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Pretty awesome, huh?
And it’s not just traditionally homeless women who needed her help. Also women escaping from domestic violence and those suffering severe financial issues.
It’s hard to imagine what their lives were like before Rochelle launched Share the Dignity, an organisation that not only provides tampons and pads to women in need, but many other items they might require during the darkest times of their lives.
Before Share the Dignity, here’s what some women were forced to do when they got their periods, as shared by a woman who now volunteers for the organsation and recalled by Rochelle during her conversation with Mia Freedman on the No Filter podcast.
“She used to buy a 99c packet of napkins – of Black & Gold napkins – to be able to use to get through her period because she had two children to feed, so, you know, it’s not unusual for them to use wadded up toilet paper, to use socks. Like, where’s the hygiene and the dignity in that?
“It’s just unbelievable the stories that you hear.”
In many cases women are forced to rifle through bins for old newspapers during their periods.
She launched a Facebook page, put out a request for donations and was inundated with offers. Now the organisation has hundreds of volunteers and millions of packets of sanitary items for women in need, as well as other items they may require.