Mum’s cam­paign helps women in need

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Lark South Perth Travel - Michele Nu­gent

NEED A TRADIE? GO­ING to moth­ers’ group was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in more ways than one for Vic­to­ria Park mum Lenny Ja­coby.

The re­nal nurse, who is tak­ing time out from her ca­reer to raise her baby son, re­cently got chat­ting to a fel­low mum in her mother’s group who works at Ruah Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in West Perth.

This chat in­spired her to email friends and even­tu­ally cre­ate a Face­book event to ap­peal for the items most needed by home­less women in Perth – san­i­tary prod­ucts and new un­der­wear.

She in­vited 60 friends to take part in the do­na­tion event, Es­sen­tials for Women of Perth, and within 48 hours more than 67,000 peo­ple had been in­vited.

In the past week a ma­jor san­i­tary company has pledged to do­nate 100 packs of panty lin­ers – now no longer needed – and the cam­paign also ex­panded to NSW.

“I was a bit speech­less. But it shows how much peo­ple do care and want to help oth­ers when asked,” Mrs Ja­coby said.

She had never thought how dif­fi­cult it would be for women on the poverty line, in­clud­ing many home­less, to af­ford new un­der­wear let alone san­i­tary prod­ucts.

“I was hor­ri­fied at the thought of not hav­ing san­i­tary prod- ucts when I needed them each month. I thought I’d be able to in­spire about 100 peo­ple to do­nate undies and san­i­tary prod­ucts; I never imag­ined this.”

Un­der­wear do­na­tions are an im­por­tant part of the cam­paign, but there is one re­quest – nice un­der­wear only.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple want­ing to do­nate to think about the type of un­der­wear they would choose for them­selves.”

Es­sen­tials for Women of Perth or­gan­iser Lenny Ja­coby with Park Prop­erty di­rec­tor Colleen Gent.

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