Zonta Beaudesert calls on Woolworths shoppers to Share the Dignity

DIGNITY: Woolworths customer service manager Codie Benyon with Zonta's Ellen Logan and customer Anna Chidgey. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
DIGNITY: Woolworths customer service manager Codie Benyon with Zonta's Ellen Logan and customer Anna Chidgey. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Zonta Club of Beaudesert has Partnered with Share the Dignity in the fight to end period poverty.

A donation box located at Woolworths on Brisbane Street will be in place until the end of March, with shoppers encouraged to contribute to the collection of essential feminine hygiene products for women who can't afford to buy them.

Zonta Beaudesert president Michelle Turner said the campaign was important to local women.

"We have a lot of homeless women and women escaping domestic violence situations who are not thinking about taking this type of stuff with them when they flee," she said.

Ms Turner said Zonta Beaudesert was happy to support Share the Dignity because the organisation, founded by managing director Rochelle Courtenay in 2015, was active in the region.

Share the Dignity was instrumental in getting GST removed from tampons and other period products after the #axethetaxperiod campaign resulted in a petition with more than 104,000 signatures.

Ms Turner said the last Share the Dignity campaign at Beaudesert in August last year showed the generosity of locals.

"Woolworths said they had to empty the donation box several times when it became too full," she said.

"In the end they loaded it into a trolley and kept it in their storage area until the Share the Dignity 'sheroes' came and picked it up and took it away for distribution."

Zonta will join the Dignity Drive again in August and in November will promote Share the Dignity's It's In The Bag campaign.

The November drive aims to restore dignity to those in need by providing three types of essential packs.

The Share the Dignity website says the Adult Bag contained shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, deodorant and period products. The Mum and Bub bag provided maternity pads, breast pads, newborn nappies, baby wipes, dummies, nappy rash cream, baby wash and disposable nappy bags as well as all the products in the Adult Bag. The Teen Bag contained all the essentials in the adult bag, with period products appropriate for younger bodies.

Ms Turner said donations accepted included sanitary pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups. All donations must be brand new, sealed, in the original packaging, and must comply with Australian quality standards.

The donation box will be at Woolworths until March 31.

To find out how you can help support women and girls in Beaudesert, get in touch with Zonta on 0407 757 235 or via the Zonta Club of Beaudesert Facebook page.