Community called on to support August Dignity Drive

Woolworths stores in Liverpool and Share the Dignity are partnering for the August Dignity Drive to provide essential support to the growing number of NSW women experiencing period poverty as a result of COVID-19.

Share the Dignity - which distributes sanitary items to vulnerable women and girls - has reported a 54 per cent increase in the number of charities registering for the August Dignity Drive, when compared to the previous drive held earlier this year.

Share the Dignity NSW State Leader Leanne Pitt-Barile is calling on the local community to support the August Dignity Drive by purchasing their sanitary items at Woolworths or donating what products they can to their collection boxes in store.

"Each donation is so valuable to us and will go towards supporting the lives of women across NSW," she said.

"COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on communities across Australia and it's so important that we come together to help those in need during these difficult times. Through no fault of their own, more women and girls in Liverpool are not going to be able to afford basic essentials and will have to resort to toilet paper, socks or washers to deal with their period."

Woolworths will also donate five cents from the sale of pads, tampons and liners in August to Share the Dignity, to help the charity fund more Dignity vending machines that dispense free sanitary items to women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or facing difficult circumstances.

Michael Mackenzie, Woolworths, NSW State Manager, said: "We're always amazed by the generosity of our customers and the support they show for our Dignity Drives. It's this small act of kindness that goes such a long way in supporting vulnerable girls and women across Liverpool."