Kathy, a survivor of a domestic violence shooting, said:
“Look, when I received that handbag, it was amazing because I left with nothing. I had nothing when I basically got the handbag. It had shampoo, it had conditioner, I could wash my hair, I could - you know - it had some sanitary items and a little bit of perfume. And I just felt like a woman again, I'd never received a handbag and that was my first ever handbag. So, it just made me feel so empowered. I had somewhere to put my court documents, somewhere to put my paperwork, somewhere to put all my personal effects, the little that I did have left went into that handbag, and it was so special.”
3.24 million people in Australia (13.6% of the population) live below the poverty line, with domestic or family violence acting as the leading driver of homelessness for women. This is why Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag appeal is such an important initiative each year, sharing a little love and dignity with those who need it most during the festive season.
Share the Dignity Founder Rochelle Courtenay, said:
“It's in the Bag starts tomorrow. So, you can put together a bag that will be lovingly received by somebody else right that you will never meet but put into that bag things like shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, and sanitary products. Kathy talks about getting her bag and having two packets of pads in there like you and I would talk about somebody dropping off a bottle of wine on a Friday afternoon, you know, like the very basic of essentials that we all take for granted are so important to somebody else. So, you can drop that back off to any Bunnings from tomorrow for the next two weeks and know that our incredible volunteers that we call sheroes will drop them into every domestic violence shelter. So, we want every woman who's spending Christmas in a domestic violence shelter, or receiving their services, or women experiencing homelessness to receive a bag this year.”
Click to find out more about It’s in the Bag, or if you can’t make it to Bunnings this year but would still like to help, Sponsor a Bag to be lovingly picked and packed by one of our wonderful volunteers.
On the couch, Rochelle wore a dress from our amazing supporters at Zjoosh which can be found at Share the Dignity’s pre-loved marketplace Dress for Dignity. If you’re unable to donate a bag, you can donate a dress or any other pre-loved, high-quality clothing to Dress for Dignity. We have a vision of 725,968 dresses being sold with 100% of the proceeds going to Share the Dignity. By selling your clothes or shopping on our online fashion marketplace, you’re bringing us one dress closer to our vision, and supporting our mission to end period poverty through your fashion choices.