Restore dignity to the homeless

August 10, 2017

Seymour Coles' staff members Debra Mount, Vicki Treble and Kathy Richardson are encouraging locals to donate sanitary items to Share the Dignity, which has a donation bin in store.

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay with the donation bin at Coles.

With more than 22000 Victorians homeless and 43 per cent of those women, residents are being urged to donate sanitary items to national charity Share the Dignity at Coles to assist women who are in need.

Share the Dignity was established in 2015 to provide sanitary products to homeless and at-risk women in Australia, and any products donated at Seymour Coles will be distributed to women in dire need, including those who are homeless, have fled domestic violence, live in remote indigenous communities, in low socio-economic areas and drought-stricken farming communities across Australia.

A Share the Dignity donation bin can be found at the entrance to Coles, and shoppers can simply place any items in there when they shop.

‘‘The problem is greater than I ever imagined with more than 85000 women turning to homeless services last year,’’ charity founder Rochelle Courtenay said.

‘‘We want to ensure that no woman ever has to choose between eating or buying sanitary products.

‘‘Access to sanitary items is a right, not a privilege. Your generosity will make a real difference to women who are struggling.’’

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