Festive giving is in the bag
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.