Sharing the dignity

Scullin MP Andrew Giles. 230789_01

Michaela Meade

Scullin MP Andrew Giles’ Mill Park electorate office has become a drop off point for Share the Dignity’s Dignity Drive for the month of August.

The Dignity Drive appeals for public donations of period products and sanitary items for those in need.

The items are distributed to Share the Dignity’s registered charities across Australia.

Mr Giles said he has run a drive for several years to support the charity “who do wonderful work”.

“I think this is important for two reasons: to gather support in a practical sense for women and girl’s experiencing period poverty, and to help end the stigma that still exists about this,” Mr Giles said.

“The second issue is why I believe it’s significant that people in positions such as mine associate themselves with this initiative; to raise awareness, particularly of the circumstances of women and girls in crisis situations, such as homelessness or family violence.”

Mr Giles said he was optimistic that the community would rally behind the cause.

“I really hope community members will respond, with compassion and generosity, as they’ve done in the past and shown throughout the challenges of the pandemic,” he said.

Items can be dropped off at Mr Giles’ office at Stables Shopping Centre on Childs Road, Mill Park until August 31.