Virus hits donations for South West dignity drive

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Tania Martin and Mel Baruffi are helping collect products for the dignity drive.
Camera IconTania Martin and Mel Baruffi are helping collect products for the dignity drive. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Share the Dignity has been the force behind a March campaign calling on residents to donate period products to help women and girls experiencing homelessness and crisis, but acoordinator has expressed concerns over the coronavirus affecting donations.

The Dignity Drive is an annual event to collect period products for women who are unable to access the items themselves.

The South West and Great Southern Share the Dignity group is aiming to raise 8000 packets of pads, tampons, incontinence and period cups this month.

South West coordinatorTrish Robinson said so far the numbers were low but it was an important cause because there were so many women in disadvantaged situations who needed help.

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“These women don’t have the resources to deal with the day to day,” she said.

Ms Robinson expressed concerns over a low number of donations and worried it could be linked to a fear of the unknown with COVID-19.

We fully understand that these times at the moment are very nervous and very unknown, but these women and teenage girls tread unknown paths every single day.

Trish Robinson

She encouraged people to continue to donate instead of stockpile and panic buy because some women were unable to access basic items and needed the community’s help.

Collection points where people can donate sanitary products include Minx Hairdressing and Bunbury Plaza Woolworths.

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