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Bribie men help share the dignity

HELPING HAND: Bribie Island Woodcrafters member Ian Trail and vice-president June Jeffreys hope other groups will get behind Share the Dignity to collect sanitary supplies for women in need.
HELPING HAND: Bribie Island Woodcrafters member Ian Trail and vice-president June Jeffreys hope other groups will get behind Share the Dignity to collect sanitary supplies for women in need. Paxton Roth

BRIBIE men are throwing their support behind Queensland women who need a helping hand.

The Bribie Island Woodcrafters are collecting sanitary products for women in need as part of Share the Dignity's collection drive in April.

Share the Dignity does a biannual collection of sanitary products and distributes them to domestic violence shelters and women's refuges.

Woodcrafters vice-president June Jeffreys put the idea to the group after hearing about the drive.

"Homeless women don't have the money or women of domestic violence leave home with just the clothes they have on,” she said.

"They're having to use rags and scrunched-up pieces of toilet paper.

"I put it to the Woodies to see if we could do something for these women and the response was amazing.”

June said she wasn't sure how the men would take the idea.

"When I brought it up I thought maybe they'd be embarrassed about it so I said, 'Most of you have got wives, daughters, granddaughters,'” she said.

"We've got 199 members and about three-quarters of them are men - they all know what sanitary products are, they know what they're all about.

"You could see the look on their faces thinking, 'Oh my God, that's awful.'”

In conjunction with the Gem Club, Community Arts Society and the Banksia Garden Club, the Woodies are appealing for donations.

"Being a woman and a mum, I couldn't believe that I had never thought about these women, it's like third-world country stuff - not only not having pads but where do they clean themselves up? It's just degrading for them,” June said.

Donations of sanitary products can be taken to the Bribie Island Woodcrafters at 191 Sunderland Dr until April 20.

The boxes will be delivered to an official collection point at Terry White in Pebble Beach, where volunteers from Share the Dignity will distribute them to shelters and refuges.

For more information phone June on 54295060.


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