Charity lets homeless women keep a basic dignity
IMAGINE waking up on the street.
It's the first day of your period and you must decide between getting something to eat and buying sanitary products - that's if you have any money at all.
This is the reality for thousands of homeless women across Australia, as well as right here on the Fraser Coast.
Australian charity Share the Dignity is aiming to change that, setting up collection points for sanitary items throughout Australia.
There are two collection points in Maryborough, at B & H Designs in Kent St and C & R Cowling-Scaife Family Day Care Providers in Bazaar St.
Bev Thatcher from B & H Designs said it was a really worthy cause.
Efforts were also being made to establish Coles and Chemist Warehouse as collection points across Australia.
She said the items donated would remain in the area.
Rochelle Courtenay, founder of Share the Dignity, said while the concept was fairly simple; it was something many women hadn't considered unless they found themselves in that position.
"A lot of women have never thought about it," Rochelle said. Women who found themselves homeless, especially if through a domestic violence situation, had enough to deal with without being subjected to the indignity of either asking for sanitary pads or going without.
The feedback she had been receiving from women in need of the products was amazing, Rochelle said.
At a recent day held on the Sunshine Coast in aid of the homeless, Rochelle said a woman had been given a package of pads and she had started crying.
The woman had been down to one tampon, which she had found after it was left behind in a bathroom.
Rochelle asked people to remember that it was a monthly problem that homeless women had to face.