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Council calls on community members to donate sanitary items to women in need

Posted 3 April 2019 by System Administrator (Georges River News)

Georges River Council is facilitating a Share the Dignity #DignityDrive during April 2019, which will see the Georges River Council Hurstville Civic Centre, Kogarah Library and Hurstville Library become collection points for donations of womenandrsquo;s sanitary items. andnbsp; andnbsp; The womenandrsquo;s charity coordinates drives in April and August every year, when members of the public are encouraged to donate pads and tampons to women in need throughout the country. andnbsp; andnbsp; Council purchased three re-usable boxes which will enable the collection of donations from Georges River residents. Council is also encouraging local business owners to support the charity by nominating their establishments as collection points for the drive in April.andnbsp; andnbsp; The initiative follows the successful installation of the Share the Dignity #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine at Hurstville Library in March 2019, which offers free sanitary products for women experiencing hardship.andnbsp; andnbsp; According to Share the Dignity, 1 in 200 people in Australia are homeless, 44% of whom are female, with 55% of women citing family violence as the number one reason for accessing homeless services. andnbsp; andnbsp; Local volunteers collect thousands of donations during the Dignity Drives, with sanitary items provided to Share the Dignityandrsquo;s partner charities. The support of Georges River residents will ensure that local women experiencing financial hardship do not need to choose between food and dignity. andnbsp; andnbsp; To find out how to donate sanitary items or register a business for the #DignityDrive, please visit: https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/donate-pads-tampons/. andnbsp; andnbsp; For more information on Georges River Council, please call 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.andnbsp;