Share the Dignity is an Australian women’s charity bringing dignity to the homeless, at-risk and women experiencing domestic violence. The charity launched to assist the many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters in Australia who had to face unthinkable indignities during their monthly period. It began by donating sanitary items to women who were in situations where they could not afford them. Rochelle Courtenay is the Founder of Share the Dignity and is most proud of her title “Pad Lady”, this title came about and stuck while she collected over 1.1 million packets of pads and tampons across Australia over 3 years.
In March 2015 Rochelle Courtenay asked friends to help her collect pads and tampons to help out local homeless in her area of Brisbane. That first small collection led to the birth of Share the Dignity and our bi-annual #DignityDrives. This August Epic Hair Designs is asking the public to donate pads and tampons to collection points throughout the country. At the end of the month our Share The Dignity reps collect our donations and distrubute the unopened sanitary products to their partner charities.
Homeless women of Brisbane need your help. On any given night, 1 in 200 people are homeless. 44% are female. 27% are children under the age of 18. Family violence is the number one reason people present to homeless services. 55% of females cite this reason. We need your donation. When you donate sanitary products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating much more than pads and tampons. You’re giving a woman experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t need to choose between food and dignity.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Next time you’re doing your shopping, keep in mind: one box for me, one box for her. Imagine how many boxes you will be able to drop into your closest collection box during this August #Dignitydrive. To make a donation, simply purchase any ladies sanitary products and drop off at one of our 14 salon locations. Official Share The Dignity collection bins are set up:
- GREENSLOPES MALL SALON – 700 LOGAN RD, GREENSLOPES
- ASCOT SALON – 188 NUDGEE RD, ASCOT
For all donations throughout the month of August, we would like to offer a special $20 voucher for any ladies colour service.
This is our special thank-you for being involved and helping support our partner charity.
If you can’t make it to the Greenslopes or Ascot locations to make a donation, you can drop off products at any of our 14 Brisbane salons and our team will collect and drop off at the official collection bin locations.
For more info about how you can be involved and volunteer for Share the Dignity, please visit their website.