Dubbo Hospital Emergency Department (ED) staff have again filled a box with sanitary products so women who have fallen on hard times in the city and nearby communities don’t have to “choose between food and dignity”.
They take part in not-for-profit Share the Dignity’s “dignity drives” in April and August, and its “bag appeal” that provides homeless women and domestic violence victims with extra products such as shampoo at Christmas.
ED registered nurses Michelle Regan and Emilie Taylor are encouraging the community to take part in the current drive by leaving donations at the Chemist Warehouse or Australian Hearing Dubbo.
“When you donate sanitary products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating much more then pads and tampons,” Ms Regan said.
“You’re giving a woman experiencing homelessness or a financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t have to choose between food and dignity.”
On any given night in Australia, one in 200 people are homeless with 44 per cent of them women and 27 per cent children under the age of 18.