Have you heard of Share the Dignity?
Share the Dignity strive to help women in need, by distributing sanitary items to women who are homeless, at-risk, and experiencing domestic violence. They also fund funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women in Australia.
“We collect thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Small dignities make a big difference.”
We’re feeling so proud because through coffee, we’ve just helped 400 women and girls in need.
Recently, we donated enough money (from all your coffee purchases) for Share the Dignity to purchase 400 period packs, which will fill 6 entire vending machines with stock (each pack holds 6 tampons and 2 pads). The vending machines are placed right across Australia, with their latest instalments being in NSW this week (one in Glen Innes and the other in Hurstville). The vending machines are placed in schools, libraries, and shelters, which are available for free to women and girls in need. Share the Dignity told us that since putting vending machines into schools, they have seen a 20% increase in girls attending. How good is that!
We believe that all women and girls deserve the right to dignity, especially at that time of the month.
Now that Glen Innes has one of Share the Dignity’s vending machines, situations like this… will no longer be an occurrence and those in need can access sanitary items when needed and with dignity.
“A group of High School students came into the centre asking for money and when I asked what they needed money for they eventually disclosed that one on them had their period and was using the same tampon that she had inserted 5 hours ago. I asked her how she was feeling in case any Toxic Shock was present, printed off some information about Toxic Shock and went to the Pharmacy to buy pads and tampons- out my own pocket. #PinkBox would have been a quicker and more dignified occurrence.” ~ Hurstville Library
Share the Dignity aim to install 100 more vending machines this year! They told us…
“It is only with donations such as yours, we are able to keep our #pinkbox program running – so thank you to your team and your customers. For without your support we can’t do what we do- help women and girls in need.”
From all of us at Fat Poppy, thank you for all your continued support. It warms our hearts to be able to support programs like this 🙂