HELPING HAND: Taabinga Family Practice manager Trish Wiley with the donation box.
HELPING HAND: Taabinga Family Practice manager Trish Wiley with the donation box. Katherine Morris

Sharing some dignity when it's needed most

WHEN fleeing a domestic violence situation, one of the last things on someone's mind would be sanitary items.

During April, Taabinga Medical Centre is collecting donations of sanitary items for women fleeing domestic violence in the South Burnett.

Share the Dignity is an organisation that fundraises and collects donations for sanitary items for homeless women and women in shelters in Australia.

Practice manager Trish Wiley said Dr Emma Leu-Marshall came up with the idea to do the Share the Dignity drive.

"We've had a great response just from word of mouth already,” Mrs Wiley said.

"It's linking in with CTC services in the South Burnett so the donations won't leave the area and will go to South Burnett women.

"Anyone that escapes domestic violence, the last thing on their mind is sanitary items.”

She said they would also be involved in handbag drives where women could donate old handbags and sanitary napkins in August.

Mrs Wiley said she was looking for a way to help men affected by domestic violence.

Family violence is the number one reason people present to homelessness services, with 55% of women citing this reason, according to Share the Dignity's website.

The organisation oversees a number of initiatives giving back to Australian women and children in need, with a focus on victims of domestic violence.

Its services range from collecting sanitary items for homeless women and those fleeing domestic violence, to funding for funerals of domestic violence victims.

Every April and August Share the Dignity calls on the public to give sanitary items to those in need at the times they need them most.

Donate at Taabinga Family Medical Practice on Haly St, Kingaroy.

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