After a successful collection drive in April, Casey Cardinia Libraries will kickstart a new campaign to help Share the Dignity provide personal hygiene products to women and girls experiencing homelessness and poverty throughout August.
In Australia, 85,000 women are experiencing homelessness and poverty which results in them not being afforded the dignity most of us take for granted.
Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay says, “we are so grateful to have the ongoing support of Casey Cardinia Libraries, when we all work together to address a problem it makes a massive difference.”
“The number of women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence and experiencing extreme poverty seems to be growing and growing. There is an ever-increasing number of women resorting to using socks, wadded up toilet paper and newspaper to deal with their period. The five dollars for sanitary items is a decision between buying food or sanitary items.” Courtenay said.
Casey Cardinia Libraries CEO Chris Buckingham said the team at CCL understand how important it is that everyone in our community feels respected, welcome and safe.
“Share the Dignity is about helping people who are in real need. Homelessness and family violence are big challenges for our community, and people can make a real difference close to home by supporting this campaign,” Mr Buckingham said.
“We will have collection points in all of our libraries for people who want to donate personal hygiene products. Just look for the pink collection boxes at your local library.”
The collection drive is at all Casey Cardinia Libraries throughout August, all items collected will be distributed to registered charities in September.