I grumble and complain about the cost of tampons and pads – and why there is GST applied to an already ridiculous cost – but, the thing is, I have really no need to grumble.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I have the means to go out and stock up each month. Thousands of women in Australia do not. Imagine having to come up with rudimentary substitutes or go without food for your family, just to be able to purchase a pack of tampons.
This is the situation that more than 85,000 homeless women in Australia find themselves in – every month. It’s the reason that the incredible Rochelle Courtney founded Australian women’s charity Share The Dignity.
What started with just Rochelle collecting and distributing sanitary products to women’s shelters in her local area has grown to become a national charity with 1500 volunteers across the country helping to give back a little dignity to women in need.
I know that there are many, many charitable organisations that need our help and support and I know it’s impossible to support each and every one but I’d love you to join Share The Dignity – It’s In The Bag – Christmas campaign.
I only heard about this campaign last year after the cut-off date for donations, so this year, I thought I’d not only join in myself, but I’d appeal to the generous and supportive Styling You community – YOU – to join in too.
It’s in the bag #itinthebag
In a nutshell, the It’s In The Bag campaign is about filling a handbag with pads, tampons and personal hygiene products so that this bag can be passed on to a woman or girl experiencing poverty and/or having fled violent situations this Christmas.
Look in your wardrobe. There may be a bag there that is in great condition but one you don’t use any more. If you don’t have a spare bag, consider buying a Handbag with Heart bag from Share The Dignity.
Then when you do your weekly grocery shop, add one or two items each week to fill your bag.
This year you can also buy a Handbag With Heart bag protector to store all the products in. This not only keeps all the products from spilling out of the bag but also gives the recipient an extra bag as a gift.
Bags can be left at collection points from November 18-December 2. This year’s collection points will be announced in November. If you’d like to volunteer to be a collection point, details are HERE (registration is open until October 31).
Let’s do this
I feel very strongly about this charity and this campaign. I know that it will be something that really resonates with you too.
I’ve got two bags all set to go. I shopped my local supermarket, thinking about the little life luxuries and essentials that I’m fortunate to have in my bathroom – things I take for granted each time I re-stock. I’m not going to do that any more.
So, are you with me? Will you fill a bag and help bring a little happiness to an Australian woman or girl this Christmas?