Three Dignity Vending Machines have been
installed locally by our partner Share the Dignity to offer free sanitary items
for Hunter women in need.
The Dignity Vending Machines, also known as
'Pinkboxes', dispense period packs every ten
minutes, which allows women to access free sanitary products, including pads
and tampons, to manage their period with dignity for the next 24 hours.
Soul Café, The Place Charlestown and
Cessnock High School have each received a Pinkbox after Share The Dignity took
home over $33,000 in funding support at our live Pitch Night event held last year.
Café Manager, Matthew Ortiger said the Pinkbox has already made a big impact at their
venue on Hunter Street by providing women who visit with one less thing to
worry about in their day-to-day lives.
week, we provide hundreds of free meals to men and women experiencing
homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction, domestic violence and other
disadvantages that life may throw their way and to be able to offer more than a
just a hot meal at Soul Café is so important to us," Matt said.
women who have visited so far have really appreciated having these sanitary
items freely available - something no woman should go without no matter their
circumstances," he added.
To be able to provide access to what
should be a basic human right for all women through the Pinkbox initiative will
positively impact the health, confidence and wellbeing of people who need this