It’s my bloody birthday … month. I’m turning 54 on June 6 and this year I’m ditching the presents and asking for donations to Share the Dignity. Those who know me, know this is a big thing for me. I LOVE my birthday. I love the gifts. I love the celebration. I usually organise a whole damn festival.
The festival is still happening – because every year on this earth is an absolute gift, not in a cliched Instagram kind of way, more from a crappy personal perspective. I’m now three years older than my mum lived to and I’m the same age that my mother-in-law lived to. This is not the birthday perspective I’d wish upon any woman but it’s one that I live with.
It helps me to be grateful for the good things in my life and to acknowledge the immense privilege I live with. So, while I’ll be celebrating another year around the sun, I’m choosing to fundraise on behalf of other women not living with that same privilege.
There won’t be any presents for me this year, instead I’ve asked my family and friends to donate to this incredible cause instead.
No woman or teenage girl in Australia should have to suffer the indignity of not being able to afford period products, of missing work or school because they don’t have pads or tampons, of being admitted to a public hospital, getting their period and not having the money to buy period products. (Yes, hospitals are not funded to provide patients with period products. 🤯 I know, it blew my mind too.)
As a business we’ve signed up to be on of Share The Dignity’s Champions of Change. We’re on a mission to raise $10,000 over the next 12 months to pay for a Dignity Vending Machine (so many more are needed). These vending machines are installed in public toilets, charities, homeless hubs, domestic violence refuges, community centres, hospitals, Aboriginal health services and low socioeconomic schools across Australia so that women don’t have to experience the indignity of asking for period products when they’re not in a position to be able to afford them.
If you are able to donate to my #ItsMyBloodyBirthday campaign, you’ll be part of the change. Your donation will help buy product to stock in Dignity Vending Machines. Every donation goes one small step to helping end period poverty in Australia.