John Forrest joins Share the Dignity

Year 8 students L-R: Ava Harper (13) of Inglewood and Abby Parkinson (13) of Bayswater with some of the bags filled with the collected items. Picture: David Baylis.   www.communitypix.com.au   d496588
Year 8 students L-R: Ava Harper (13) of Inglewood and Abby Parkinson (13) of Bayswater with some of the bags filled with the collected items. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au d496588

JOHN Forrest Secondary College has collected dozens of handbags filled with sanitary items for women who have experienced domestic violence.

The college has joined the Share the Dignity campaign for the first time, where handbags will be delivered to women and girls who live in women’s shelters, the streets and hospitals.

Education assistants Bernice Nardi and Deb Thomas, alongside humanities and social science teacher Rebecca de Beer, started the initiative with Year 10 students before spreading the call for donations school-wide.

More than 40 handbags filled with shampoo, conditioner, pads, dental care, socks, sunscreen, moisturiser, deodorants and body sprays have been collected so far.

Students at John Forrest Secondary College have been contributing to the Share the Dignity campaign. Picture: David Baylis.

Ms de Beer said the students had gained a greater understanding of others in the community through their research on social justice in different countries.

“It is nice to be able to help out those who are less fortunate; some donations have come from people who have first-hand experience with being unable to afford the basics such as sanitary items,” she said.

Year 8 student Ava Harper said it was a good idea for people who need help, especially women.

Fellow student Abby Parkinson said it was fun to contribute to the campaign.

The bags will be delivered to Bunnings in Morley to be distributed.

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