Wakeley resident Teresa Piccinin calls on community to support dignity drive

Collecting items: Dolcini cakes owner Daniela Fedele and Teresa Piccinin. Picture: Chris Lane
Collecting items: Dolcini cakes owner Daniela Fedele and Teresa Piccinin. Picture: Chris Lane

The reality for the 1 in 200 people that are homeless on any given night in Australia is they have to chose between sanitary products or food.

It’s a choice Wakeley resident Teresa Piccinin thinks should never happen. It’s why she became a volunteer for Share the Dignity –  a not-for-profit organisation who provide sanitary and hygiene products to Australian women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Their mission is to ensure every woman has dignity when dealing with her monthly period. 

For the entire month of August Ms Piccinin is collecting sanitary products for homeless and at-risk women and teenage girls in the community as part of the dignity drive.

She has set up a box at Dolcini cakes in Canley Heights for the community to donate.

Donations of packs of tampons, menstrual cups, incontinence pads, or specialist sanitary underwear can be made.

“Walking around you see a lot of homeless people and people struggling financially and sanitary items are a necessity. A necessity sometimes we take for granted,” Ms Piccinin said.

“I know a lot of people going through a hard time and it’s not nice not having the little items that make it easier.” 

Share the Dignity volunteers will collect donated products and distribute to domestic abuse shelters and centres nationwide.

Local dignity drive collection points: Dolcini cakes, Fernwood Wetherill Park, B Beauty & Beyond and the Autism Advisory and Support Service.