Dig­nity in do­na­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

STU­DENTS at Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege know how im­por­tant it is for women to sup­port each other.

The Year 9 stu­dent group is call­ing for do­na­tions of tam­pons and pads for Share the Dig­nity, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that de­liv­ers the san­i­tary prod­ucts to women who are home­less, at risk of be­ing home­less or stay­ing in do­mes­tic violence refuges. Year 9 stu­dent Bri­anna Goldswor­thy said women go­ing through hard times were en­ti­tled to dig­nity.

"As Iona stu­dents, we know how im­por­tant it is for women to have a sense of dig­nity, par­tic­u­larly at such a del­i­cate time, so we as women need to stick to­gether and sup­port those who are not as for­tu­nate as us,” Bri­anna said.

“As Io­ni­ans, we are en­cour­aged to be women of ac­tion and ser­vice and through Share the Dig­nity we know we can make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tough times."

Co-or­di­nat­ing teacher Gemma Beekink said the girls were pas­sion­ate about the cause and were ad­vo­cat­ing the mes­sage in their home rooms and at col­lege assem­blies.

“The do­nated items will be col­lected and given to char­i­ties and women’s shel­ters most in need,” Miss Beekink said.

“As a girls’ school, we are in an ideal po­si­tion to pro­mote this cause and the girls are re­spond­ing very well, with many do­na­tions be­ing re­ceived.

“The girls be­lieve that as young women it is their role to sup­port each other.

“No woman should suf­fer the in­dig­nity of choos­ing be­tween eat­ing or buy­ing san­i­tary items.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446781

Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Year 9 stu­dents Phebe Har­vey, Bri­anna Goldswor­thy and Ta­tum Wol­marans are help­ing home­less women by do­nat­ing tam­pons and pads.

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