When Gaylynn Bailey passed Terry White Chemist lndooroopilly in Brisbane’s western suburbs, her attention was drawn to a special display.
It was a hot pink donation box for Share the Dignity—established to provide much-needed feminine hygiene products for women who are at risk or homeless and find themselves without funds to purchase the sanitary items necessary to see them comfortably through their monthly period.
A Director of Medical and Surgical Requisites Pty Ltd, Bailey saw an opportunity for action. Medical and Surgical Requisites is a major supplier to Terry White Chemists.
“I understand that some women are doing it incredibly tough and often need to make a monthly decision whether to feed themselves or to purchase sanitary items,” she says.
“I felt there was something I could do to help.”
Bailey called on the board of Medical and Surgical Requisites to release three pallets, almost 3300 packs of sanitary pads, to Terry White Chemists for the Share the Dignity collection drive.
The brainchild of Brisbane-based dynamo Rochelle Courtenay, Share the Dignity has grown exponentially since its establishment just over a year ago.
Courtenay sayd the first collection drive in April last year attracted donations of 500 packs of pads and tampons.
“At that point I was blown away by the generosity of Australians,” she says.
“To be honest, I am not sure I was quite ready for what was to come because six months later, media attention and growing community support for our second collection drive bumped donations of sanitary items to 150,000.
“We were overwhelmed and decided to enlist the assistance of corporate sponsors for future Share the Dignity collection drives and are glad we did as donations for this year’s April collection climbed to 270,000 packs of pads and tampons.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of Terry White Chemists who answered our call and showed what can be achieved when we all work together.”
Terry White Chemists is now gearing up to bring out the pink boxes again with the next Share the Dignity collection drive to be held next month in August and the Group’s cofounder Rhonda White says she could not be more proud.
“It’s a privilege to join with Share the Dignity to assist some of Australia’s most vulnerable women,” White says.
“Our pharmacies are focused on improving the health of the communities they serve and are always looking for ways to extend that support they offer.
“Rochelle not only identified an important need, but, through Share the Dignity, she made it easy for us as a Group to respond to that need and our pharmacies have been delighted to assist.”