Watermans Bay business owner’s call to help the homeless


Joanne Samer with some of the products she would like people to donate.  Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au   d462628
Joanne Samer with some of the products she would like people to donate. Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au d462628

A NORTHERN suburbs business owner is encouraging people to help homeless women this Christmas.

Joanne Samer, who operated a Marmion cosmetic medicine clinic before recently moving to Watermans Bay, is collecting bags filled with hygiene products as part of Share the Dignity’s second annual It’s in the Bag campaign.

It asks women to donate a handbag or make-up bag they no longer use and fill it with items such as toothpaste, socks, a hairbrush, tampons and a magazine, along with a note to show recipients they are valued.

Dr Samer said she was immediately drawn to the campaign after seeing it online.

“For me, what drives me is to support women and particularly to support women in need,” she said.

“It’s such a simple and easy way – grab a few supplies out of your bathroom or some old jewellery and pop it in a bag.

“It’s a beautiful way to involve the community and provide that service to the community.”

She said though many people were struggling, most women were in a position to help others this Christmas.

“Next time you’re shopping, buy a couple of extra bits and pieces and pop it in a bag,” she said.

“It’s the time of year to give and think about others.”

Bags can be donated at collection points around Perth, including Yanchep, Clarkson, Joondalup and Hillarys, before December 4.

To arrange a drop-off time with Dr Samer, call 9447 4985 or visit www.sharethedignity. com.au for other location details.