You'd be forgiven for thinking women going without sanitary products isn't a problem we have in Australia, but our country has 44,000 homeless women, and they (plus more), go without sanitary products every month. While the argument that sanitary products should be freely accessible in Australia seems obvious, until that battle is won, this is a key area where charitable donations are needed.
Cottons is again hosting its annual tampon drive, Share the Dignity, throughout August, which collects sanitary products for the homeless, as well as women in drought-stricken farming communities, remote indigenous girls and women, those in low socioeconomic areas, and women fleeing domestic violence. There are several ways you can contribute and raise awareness: For every pack of Cotton's tampons bought at Coles, and every two packs bought through the Cottons Shop, another pack will be donated. You can donate packs directly into Share the Dignity bins at any Terry White Chemist, Chemmarts, as well as some Chemist Warehouses, Coles supermarkets and Fitness Firsts. And finally, posting a photo on your social media of your pack of Cottons or receipt along with #cottonsdignitydrive will donate another pack.
Last year's drive collected 208,000 packs, but they ran out in just four months, so the aim is to triple the donations this year, so do your bit.