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FLYING EASTERN SPINEBILL
ROLLING COLOUR EFFECT
SHARE the Dignity volunteers are
“blown away” and extremely privileged
by the generosity of the community in
response to its August campaign.
The effort raised a large sum of cash and sig-
nificant donations of what the organisation terms
Volunteer Emma Baido of Korumburra said
the response to the organisation’s drive to col-
lect sanitary items for women and young girls
living in poverty or suffering domestic violence,
in South Gippsland and the Bass Coast, had been
The extent of the problem, which she de-
scribes as “massive in Australia,” has been an
eye opener to many people.
Cash and sanitary items were received at
collection stations set up around the South
Gippsland and Bass Coast shires and included a
$500 donation from the Karingal Ladies Service
Club in Korumburra, $100 from Mandy and Fred
Truscio from Serafino’s Pizzeria Leongatha and
more than $100 from ALDI Leongatha.
Other donations were received from Inver-
loch Community Hub, Bass Coast Youth Assist
Clinic Wonthaggi, Family Recourse Centre Won-
thaggi, Mitchell House Wonthaggi, Salvation
Army Corps Wonthaggi, The Hub Koo Wee Rup
Youth Centre, Youth Access Clinic Korumburra
Medical Centre, Milpara Community House Ko-
rumburra, Salvocare Leongatha and Korumburra
Community Mental Health Services
Funds are continually needed and while Share
the Dignity runs a collection drive in April and
August, Ms Baido said the Wonthaggi Baptist
Church is taking donations during September.
“Sanitary items are a right not a privilege.
Our next drive, ‘It’s In the Bag’, will be ahead of
Christmas from November 19 to December 3,”
“We will be collecting packs of ‘luxury items’
for women experiencing hardship who would
otherwise go without over Christmas.”
She said people, including those who would
like to help out as volunteers, can find further
information at www.sharethedignity.com.au and
invites supporters to ‘like’ the organisation on
facebook and/or instagram.
Last year several schools in the area became
involved and Ms Baido hopes more will join the
cause in 2016.
“Periods are real,” she said. “We can’t avoid
them and need to make menstruation less of a
Share the Dignity is hosting a comedy event,
#ISTANDUP against domestic violence because
it’s just not bloody funny, on Thursday, October
13 and Friday, October 14 at the Athenaeum
Theatre, Collins Street, Melbourne.
With more than 78 women killed last year
due to domestic violence, money raised from the
Friday show will go towards helping to pay for
the funerals of victims to ease the financial bur-
den of grieving families.
While a long term goal is increasing the
amount of crisis care accommodation for women
fleeing domestic violence, Share the Dignity is
currently working on installing ‘dignity’ vend-
ing machines in public bathrooms and under re-
Korumburra Youth Access Clinic will be
working at the Korumburra Secondary College
next term with a doctor and nurse in attendance.
They will also be taking receipt of donations of
Ms Baido’s fundraising page can be found
Giving generously: from left, Bev Hall
from the Karingal Ladies Service Club,
Emma Baido from Share the Dignity, Cassie
George, store manager ALDI Leongatha,
Isabella Hermit of Karingal, and Mandy and
Fred Truscio from Serafino’s Pizzeria in Le-
ongatha at ALDI Leongatha, one of Share the
Dignity’s collection points in the region for
donations of sanitary care items for women
Region gives to
women in need
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