Fes­tive giv­ing is in the bag

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

KING Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (KEMH) staff are help­ing women less for­tu­nate this Christ­mas by tak­ing part in the Share your Dig­nity - It’s in the Bag Christ­mas cam­paign.

The cam­paign is to help pro­vide bags of san­i­tary and beauty items for home­less women and women liv­ing in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters.

Staff this year de­cided that they would do­nate the bags to Zonta House Refuge As­so­ci­a­tion and Ishar Mul­ti­cul­tural Women’s Health Cen­tre.

Staff mem­ber Noreen Daniel said she sug­gested ear­lier in the year that staff take part in the cam­paign as an al­ter­na­tive to Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties.

Staff, col­leagues, friends and fam­ily were then asked to do­nate toi­letries and san­i­tary items ev­ery fort­night, and be­fore long this in­cluded beauty items such as per­fume, hair­brushes, scarves, hand cream and nail pol­ish.

KEMH clin­i­cal mid­wifery nurse man­ager Bar­bara Lourey said staff were sad­dened to hear about the strug­gles faced by many home­less women and women in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters.

“At this time of year, it was so sad to hear… while we take per­sonal hy­giene for granted, for these vul­ner­a­ble and at-risk women each month brought a shame­ful and trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one was ex­tremely pleased to do­nate 45 bags, all brim­ming with toi­letries.”

Staff at King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal get into the spirit of giv­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

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