WOOLWORTHS stores on the Eastern Shore have partnered with Share the Dignity to deliver a Dignity Drive that will provide essential support to the growing number of Tasmanian women experiencing period poverty as a result of COVID-19.
The August Dignity Drive is running across all Woolworths supermarkets nationally, including Woolworths Eastlands, Lindisfarne, Shoreline and Sorell, giving customers the opportunity to donate sanitary items via collection boxes in store.
These products will then be distributed to girls and women who cannot afford to buy sanitary items.
Woolworths will also donate five cents from the sale of pads, tampons and liners in August to Share the Dignity, helping the charity fund more Dignity vending machines that dispense free sanitary items to women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or facing difficult circumstances.
Share the Dignity volunteer state leader Tania Watson said the economic and financial impacts of COVID-19 had meant more women were having to make the choice between buying food or sanitary items
“COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on communities across Australia and it’s so important that we come together to help those in need during these difficult times,” she said.
“Through no fault of their own, more women and girls on the Eastern Shore are not going to be able to afford basic essentials and will have to resort to toilet paper, socks or washers to deal with their period.”
Share the Dignity reported a 54 per cent increase in the number of charities registering for the August Dignity Drive when compared to the Drive held earlier in the year in March.
“Together with Woolworths Eastlands, Lindisfarne, Shoreline and Sorell, we’re calling on the local community to support our August Dignity Drive by purchasing their sanitary items at Woolworths or donating what products they can to our collection boxes,” Ms Watson said.
“Each donation is so valuable to us and will go towards supporting the lives of women across Tasmania.”
In March, Woolworths customers across Tasmania donated more than 1,300 sanitary products.
“At a time when community support and kindness is more important than ever, we are incredibly proud to be partnering with Share the Dignity for the August Dignity Drive,” local Woolworths group manager Jonea De Groot said.
“We’re always amazed by the generosity of our customers and the support they show for our Dignity Drives.
“It’s this small act of kindness that goes such a long way in supporting vulnerable girls and women across the Eastern Shore.”
Woolworths has partnered with Share the Dignity since early 2019 and has raised more than $1.3 million for the charity.
The funds raised to date have been used to install 80 Dignity vending machines across Australia.
Caption: From left, Share the Dignity volunteer Barbara Turner and Woolworth Eastlands assistant service manager Michelle Harding.