IMAGINE sleeping rough, trying to find somewhere you and your meagre bundle won’t be moved on, when you realise your period has started and you have nowhere to clean up, nowhere to buy pads or tampons and no money as you spent your last $10 on some food.
Thousands of women face this heartbreaking scenario every month.
It was a situation Korumburra’s Emma Baido heard about and so she joined the Share the Dignity Campaign.
Share the Dignity is a not-for-profit, registered charity providing homeless and at-risk women nationally with sanitary products to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most.
“As a mother of seven, three of which are girls, I know too well how expensive these sanitary items can be,” she said.
“No woman should have to choose between eating, feeding her children or buying sanitary items.”
Since joining the campaign two weeks ago, which now has collection points across South Gippsland, Emma has been overwhelmed with the response.
She said as people became aware the items are distributed locally, through police, community houses and schools, support has grown.
“I’ve heard reports of young women that won’t go to school when they have their period because they don’t have the resources – that’s an awful situation to be in,” Emma said.
Any brand of sanitary items, pads, tampons and incontinence aids are needed.
For more information, visit www.sharethedignity.com.au.

Local collection points
DONATED sanitary items can be dropped off at:
Korumburra: Michael’s IGA and Guardian Pharmacy
Leongatha: Michael’s IGA and Terry White Chemist
Wonthaggi: Coles and Australian Hearing
Cowes: Coles
Inverloch: Inverloch Community Hub.