KING Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) staff are helping women less fortunate this Christmas by taking part in the Share your Dignity – It’s in the Bag Christmas campaign.
The campaign is to help provide bags of sanitary and beauty items for homeless women and women living in domestic violence shelters.
The staff decided this year that they would donate the bags to Zonta House Refuge Association and Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre.
KEMH clinic staff member Noreen Daniel suggest earlier in the year that staff take part in the campaign as an alternative to Christmas festivities.
Staff, colleagues, friends and family were then asked to donate toiletries and sanitary items every fortnight and before long this included beauty items such as perfume, hairbrushes, scarves, hand scream and nail polish.
KEMH clinical midwifery nurse manager Barbara Lourey said staff were saddened to hear about the struggles many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters had to face.
“At this time of year, it was so sad to hear… while we take personal hygiene for granted, for these vulnerable and at-risk women each month brought a shameful and traumatic experience,” she said.
“Everyone was extremely pleased to donate 45 bags all brimming with toiletries.”