Drive for a cause

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Trish Robinson, Dianne Bain and Taryn Prince are driving next month's Share the Dignity campaign.
Camera IconTrish Robinson, Dianne Bain and Taryn Prince are driving next month's Share the Dignity campaign.

Residents across the Capes will be asked to donate crucial women’s sanitary products as part of a charity drive next month.

The annual Share the Dignity project sees female volunteers between Busselton and Augusta combine forces to help under-privileged women who live in the area better handle their personal needs.

Co-ordinator Trish Robinson said all the products collected in the region would be distributed within it.

Mrs Robinson said there were more women across the Capes needing the group’s help than many residents would imagine.

Share the Dignity was aimed at women experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness, domestic violence and poverty — as well as teenage girls caught up in the same issues.

“This is happening in our communities,” Mrs Robinson said.

“Those women struggle and experience this thing called ‘period poverty’.

“Then we have teenage girls not going to school one week a month, which takes them out of the education system nine weeks of the school year.

“We know education is one of the key factors that change our circumstances in life.”

The group established drop-off locations at Woolworths and Riverfresh IGA in Margaret River, with further locations, including Augusta, to be announced.

Donations of sanitary items and other women’s personal products were welcome.

Mrs Robinson said Share the Dignity was backed by 414 WA-based charities, who passed on their “wish list” if items needed for clients.

Last year, the drive coll-ected 24,000 individual items, but 32,000 were requested.

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