Simple ways to support local homeless women

Did you know there are over 85,000 Australian women living in poverty? Which can also mean they are homeless and without the basic day to day luxuries so many of us take for granted.

The reasons for this are many and varied; domestic violence, loss of work, any number of things that have happened throughout their lives they didn’t have control over. Any number of things that could also have happened to any one of us.

The Gold Coast isn’t exempt either – although poverty and homelessness may not be something you come face to face with on a daily basis, it’s happening and we’re here today to talk about how each of us can help.

Share the Dignity are a local not-for-profit organisation that collect thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products for women experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Their ethos focuses on making a real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence and that is something we can wholeheartedly get behind.

So what can we do? It’s simple really. Next time you purchase sanitary items, just grab a few extra and donate them to women who will be more grateful than we could ever imagine for something most of us have probably never thought twice about purchasing.

This August (how is it August already?), Share the Dignity asks the public to donate at collection points throughout the country and the Gold Coast collection point is conveniently at one of the 90+ Chempro Chemist stores.

At the end of the month, they donate thousands of packets of sanitary products to their partner charities. Each packet of pads and tampons, menstrual cups or online donation that you contribute makes a real difference for a woman in need in your community.

Imagine if someone you loved were in the position of not having access to a basic female need, you’d want to do everything you could to help out right?

Well, each of these women are someone’s daughter and possibly someone’s sister and mother and there’s nothing more incredible than people coming together to help those in need.

Next time you’re at the shops, purchase an extra pack (or two) of sanitary items and pop them in the Pink Collection Box at your local Chempro Chemist during the Dignity Drive.

Your donation is vital and of course, very much appreciated both by Share the Dignity and the women in need.

Should you not be able to get to a collection point, you can also donate online with the money donated to Share the Dignity’s partner charities.

We’ll do our part to help too.

Let’s stand together for women exactly like us who need a helping hand. It’s the least we can do.


Words by Kirra Smith



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