FAQs

Read our FAQs to see if your question about Share the Dignity, It's in the Bag, Dignity Drives or something else might be answered. If you cannot find the answer you're looking for in the below FAQs, please contact Share the Dignity for further assistance.

Dignity Drive FAQs

When are your Dignity Drives?

Our Dignity Drives run every March and August.

What period products can I donate?

We accept donations of brand new sanitary and period products including pads, tampons, maternity pads, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups.

We collect this variety of period products, so everyone in need receives their preferred period product.

All donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards.

Where can I donate?

A full list of all registered collection points will be on the Dignity Drive webpage during the months of March and August.

Your local Woolworths store will have a box near the checkouts. Find your nearest Woolworths store.

Is the Dignity Drive still happening if there are lockdowns? 

Yes! Absolutely! We need your help even more as COVID-19 lockdowns during previous drives have seen a significant drop in donations.

If you can't get to collection points physically, but would still like to support by making a donation online, you can donate here Dignity Drive Emergency COVID-19 Appeal.

I didn’t register to become a collection point in time for the next Dignity Drive, what should I do?

You are more than welcome to set up your own internal collection drive and ask friends/family/colleagues/your local community to donate period products.

We love seeing how the public collect donations - you can use any kind of collection container you like, and there are a range of downloadable resources available that you can print out to decorate your collection container.

Also, during the Dignity Drives in March and August, you can drop off donated items at any of the registered collection points. You can find your closest registered collection point via our Dignity Drive webpage. 

How do you choose where the donations go?

Charities register with Share the Dignity and during Dignity Drives request a set amount of items to see them through until the next drive. All donated items are collected by our volunteers and distributed based on the requests by our charities. 

Charities are eligible if they are helping those experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, people in crisis and people in rural and remote locations with difficulty accessing period products.

I can't physically get to a collection point, what should I do?

If you can't get to collection points physically but would still like to support, you can make a donation online here Dignity Drive Emergency COVID-19 Appeal.

I would like to register to become a collection point, how do I do this?

In the months before March and August, there will be an opportunity to register your business or workplace as a collection point on our Dignity Drive webpage.

Once registered, one of our volunteers will be in contact with you to arrange a collection of the generous donations you have received. Our volunteers will then distribute the products to our charity partners who will give them to those in need. 

I’m registered as an 'internal' collection point, what do I do with my donations after the drive is over?

Hold on tight to your donations and a Share the Dignity Shero will be in contact with you towards the end of the Dignity Drive to organise pickup.

Can I donate reusable items like period undies, menstrual cups and handmade pads?

Absolutely! They need to be brand new, in packaging that meets the TGA guidelines for menstrual cups, just to be safe.

The items can be open but MUST NOT BE USED, even lightly. 

This means for:

  • Period undies there must be tags on or still in their boxes
  • Menstrual cups must be packaging and instructions that include information on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
  • Reusable pads must be packaged and include
    • The name of your product
    • Instructions for use
    • List of products used to create the item
    • The name and address of the manufacturer or the sponsor
    • The batch number or serial number for the product contained within the pack
    • If your product comes in multiple sizes, the size of the unit contained in the pack

Move4Dignity FAQs

What is Move4Dignity? 

Move4Dignity is a virtual exercise event that will be running throughout the month of October. Everyone who registers will set their own exercise goal and create a fundraising page. This page is a place where they can share their progress and collect donations for Share the Dignity.

When does Move4Dignity start?

Registrations for Move4Dignity will open in July, and fundraising is encouraged up until the end of October. The virtual challenge is running throughout the entire month of October.

How do I register for Move4Dignity?

Simple, choose whether you will run or walk, yoga or move your own way and select register.  Enter your details to confirm your registration and set up your fundraising page. 

How do I fundraise for Move4Dignity? 

Let people know you’re participating on social media or at work and tell them why you’re so passionate to help people all around Australia doing it tough. People can then donate to your cause through your fundraising page. 

Does it cost money to get involved with Move4Dignity?

It’s $25 for an individual and $20 if you’re part of a team to register. This fee will include a participation medal and a certificate at the completion of the challenge.

All profit raised from registrations and any fundraising from the campaign supports women in crisis and Share the Dignity’s mission.

Will I be emailed a receipt for my donation for Move4Dignity?

Yes. Share the Dignity is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission and is a tax-deductible gift recipient (DGR). 

A tax receipt will be issued to you for any donations over the amount of $2. Please note that the registration fee or any merchandise purchased is not a donation and is not tax-deductible.  

It's in the Bag FAQS

When is #ItsInTheBag 2021 and where can I donate?

#ItsInTheBag is Share the Dignity's annual event where we encourage every day Australians to donate a bag to someone in need for Christmas. The bags are filled with essential items and are distributed to 3,000 Australian charities that have registered with us. 

For 2021, collections will open at every Bunnings store across Australia from 19 to 28 November.

If you would like to donate outside of collection time, you have two options:

  1. Mail your donation directly to us:
    Share the Dignity
    PO Box 345
    Sandgate QLD 4017
  2. Sponsor a bag through our website and we will pack it for you.

Where can I drop off my bags?

Drop off your donations to any Bunnings Store between 19-28 November 2021. These collection boxes will be at every store nationwide. 

Find your nearest Bunnings and their trading hours on the Bunnings website.

We are a primarily volunteer-run organisation, and do not have the Shero-power to arrange collection outside these times.

If COVID-19 restrictions mean you are unable to get to a Bunnings store, post your bags to us: PO Box 345 Sandgate QLD 4017.

What can't go inside bags/what are prohibited items?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept these items:

  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Food and drinks
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)
  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack.

What goes inside Adult bags?

Essentials for Adult bags

  • Sanitary and period products (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups). We collect this variety of period products, so everyone in need receives their preferred period product.
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Don't include

  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Food and drinks
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging
  • Please do not separate out bulk packs
  • All donations must comply with packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

What goes inside Teen bags?

Essentials for Teen bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for young bodies (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups). We collect this variety of period products, so everyone in need receives their preferred period product.
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash

Don't include

  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Food and drinks
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging
  • Please do not separate out bulk packs
  • All donations must comply with packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

What goes inside Mum & bub bags?

Essentials for Mum & bub bags

  • Sanitary and period products suitable for mums (Maternity pads, incontinence pads etc.)
  • Shampoo (full size preferred)
  • Conditioner (full size preferred)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant (roll-on or tins like No Pong only. no aerosols)
  • Soap or body wash
  • Breast pads
  • Newborn nappies
  • Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Baby soap or wash
  • Disposable nappy bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Dummies
  • Nappy rash cream

Please identify a Mum & bub bag by using a purple bag tag or ribbon

Don't include

  • Pharmaceutical items (including condoms, throat lozenges, paracetamol and ibuprofen)
  • Food and drinks
  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorant, body sprays, dry shampoo
  • Sharp objects (including razors and scissors)
  • Loose tampons and pads (please contact your local shelters to see if they can accept these)

Please remember

  • The bag itself needs to be in good condition but can be a pre-loved handbag or backpack
  • All donations must be brand new, still sealed and in their original packaging
  • Please do not separate out bulk packs
  • All donations must comply with packaging TGA code of practice
  • All handmade items must be brand new and not used

Are hotel toiletries okay to donate?

Full-sized items are preferred so they will last longer for the recipient, however, hotel-sized items will still be accepted.

What if I accidentally donate something prohibited?

Our wonderful volunteers (Sheroes) inspect the bag to ensure all the essentials there. If we come across any prohibited items, they are removed and offered separately to registered charities, if the items are safe for them to accept.

I have empty bags or spare items to donate, can I donate them too?

We will accept empty bags. The bags can be new or used. If you are using a pre-loved handbag, we ask that it is in great condition, clean and no clear signs of use.

Feel free to add other brand-new items into the collection bins that can be used for other bags, we are often short on essentials.

I have an open packet/item, can I donate this?

No. All donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards.

Pads, tampons must be in brand new, unopened packaging.

Handmade items must be brand new and not used, in a package with instructions, where it was made, by who and use of product information.

Can I donate reusable items like period undies, menstrual cups and handmade pads?

Absolutely! They need to be brand new, in packaging that meets the TGA guidelines for menstrual cups, just to be safe.

The items can be open but MUST NOT BE USED, even lightly. 

This means for:

  • Period undies there must be tags on or still in their boxes
  • Menstrual cups must be packaging and instructions that include information on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
  • Reusable pads must be packaged and include
    • The name of your product
    • Instructions for use
    • List of products used to create the item
    • The name and address of the manufacturer or the sponsor
    • The batch number or serial number for the product contained within the pack
    • If your product comes in multiple sizes, the size of the unit contained in the pack

Can I donate used or lightly used clothes (including bras)?

Please don’t include these items in your bags. You can reach out to your local charities (like domestic violence refuges) to see if they would like a donation. Find your nearest on Ask Izzy.

Do my donations go to someone locally? 

We are a national charity, so depending on what the charities have requested, most donations will stay in the state but if donations are needed in other parts of Australia and we have surplus to share, we would ship them to where they are needed.

My bag won't be ready by 28 November, what should I do?

Please post your items to us at: PO Box 345 Sandgate QLD 4017.

As a predominantly volunteer-based charity, Share the Dignity doesn't have the facilities, resources or Shero-power to organise collections directly.

Can someone come and collect bags from us?

As a predominantly volunteer-based charity, Share the Dignity doesn't have the facilities, resources or Shero-power to organise collections directly. Additionally, due to COVID-19 and the scale of #ItsInTheBag, we cannot safely organise pickups, unfortunately.

I have a lot of bags to donate, what should I do?

If you have a large donation, you can still take them to Bunnings Store between 19-28 November 2021. Don’t worry, we have our volunteers emptying the large collection boxes multiple times a day so they will fit.

Can I become a collection point?

If you'd like to, you can become a local collection point. We won't be advertising any collection points outside of Bunnings stores, but we know so many of you are working hard to collect too! All you need to do is make sure all the bags you've collected are donated to any Bunnings store before close of business, Sunday 28 November 2021.

Share the Dignity FAQs

Who is Share the Dignity?

Share the Dignity is a national charity working to end period poverty in Australia. We work hard to ease the burden of period poverty to those living in period poverty because we believe access to period products is a right and not a privilege.

We ease this burden through our two Dignity Drives each year, our It's In The Bag campaign and events such as DigniTea and Move4Dignity

How do your volunteers help Share the Dignity?

Share the Dignity volunteers, known as Sheroes help primarily through collecting donations from the public and distributing them to local charities. This happens mostly during our Dignity Drives (March and August) and our It's In The Bag campaign (November). We also have leadership roles available which are more hands-on, administrative roles and operational. Once you have registered as a volunteer, your state leader can give you more information if you wish to take on a leadership position.

Our Shero roles take an average of three hours a week during our major drives and campaigns. A Share the Dignity volunteer first of all looks after business collection points and delivers to a charity near them for our Dignity Drives and our It's In The Bag campaign. If you would like to volunteer with us, please visit the volunteer page for more information and to sign up.

I donated products online, will they be sent to my home or directly to Share the Dignity?

Charities tell us that sanitary and period products are the first thing to be taken by those in need but are often last thing to be donated.

If you donated via our shop or donated via shopping online with one of our corporate partners, you can be assured that the item/s will not be shipped to you and will be donated directly to someone in need.

Charity and Support FAQs

I’m looking for financial support

Share the Dignity's mission is to end period poverty and ensure that all women have unrestricted access to sanitary items. We do this through the donation and distribution of period products including pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups. Any donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards. We do this because no woman should have to choose between a tampon and a meal.

We understand that the issues facing women, both here in Australia and around the world, are not limited to period poverty. There are a huge number of organisations and resources available to support women with a range of issues, including healthcare, counselling, financial support and safety. Share the Dignity encourages any woman seeking information or advice on these matters to contact a medical professional that they trust, or they can contact 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) or Ask Izzy to help find the best resources for their situation.

Share the Dignity is not a healthcare provider, nor are we able to provide direct financial support. Our focus remains on providing women and girls in need with access to period products so that they are not forced to choose between dignity and a meal.

If you or someone you know needs the support of a resource outside what Share the Dignity can provide, please see our 'Get Help' page.

We are a charity/shelter that would like to register to receive donations

Thank you for your enquiry, and for wanting to help make a difference to the lives of those in need. Share the Dignity supports the efforts of organisations like yours, who work with those in need throughout the year.

We endeavour to meet all requests for donations, however, Share the Dignity is reliant on the donations of period products and toiletries from our incredible supporters in order to fulfil these requests.

If you would like to register, please fill out our 'Register as a charity partner' form.