VOLUNTEER: Lisa Brown urges Warwick to dig deep.
VOLUNTEER: Lisa Brown urges Warwick to dig deep. Elyse Wurm

Essential items can be hardest for Warwick women to afford

UNLIKE a coat or blanket that can be reused, sanitary products are needed by women every month.

For homeless women and those experiencing poverty, it can be difficult to afford products like sanitary pads and tampons but now Warwick residents can help.

The Share the Dignity April Campaign is in full swing, with a collection bin set up at Voyage Fitness where residents can donate sanitary items for Warwick women in need.

Southern Downs branch volunteer Lisa Brown said the products will be distributed directly to Rose City women through the Lighthouse Community Centre and St Vincent de Paul Cornerstone Homelessness Services.

"These products can't be reused, women going through these things need them every month year round,” she said.

"The more we can give, the more charities have to give around.”

Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said the organisation helped alleviate the undignified situations thousands of Australian women endure.

"Many mothers have to choose between buying tampons and feeding their children,” Ms Courtenay said.

"Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics of necessities.”

The drive aims to collect 200,000 packets of sanitary products.

Warwick residents can place donations in the collection bin in the foyer of Voyage Fitness, 118 Palmerin St, until the end of April.



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