Media Releases

State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on local residents and businesses in the Wallsend electorate to fill an old or unused handbag with a Christmas gift for women and girls in need, such as sanitary and hygiene products, and drop it at her office in support of the Share the Dignity campaign.

Share The Dignity is a not-for-profit registered charity providing homeless and at-risk women nationally with sanitary products to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it the most. Share The Dignity believes that access to sanitary items is a right, not a privilege.

It’s In The Bag provides sanitary items, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries to homeless women, women at risk or women experiencing domestic violence.

Ms Hornery is hosting a collection point in her electorate office, and is encouraging as many donations as possible to support local women in a time of great need.

Donations of handbags can be made at Ms Hornery’s office at 67 Nelson Street, Wallsend, during business hours Monday to Friday.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“Share the Dignity is a fantastic national charity that also does great work supporting local women in need right across the Hunter.”

“There are 85,000 homeless women who need your help this Christmas. Many have fled domestic violence or experienced extreme poverty. You can help, it’s simple and it makes a big difference in a woman’s life.”

“It’s simple to help. Just choose a handbag in good condition that you no longer use, and then fill it with items that would make a woman feel special. You can pop in a thoughtful note or Christmas card and show someone that you care.”

“Next time you’re at the shops, collect a few items for your Christmas handbag. No matter how you celebrate Christmas with your family, this will be the most meaningful and appreciated gift you give this year.”

“It’s something that most people probably don’t even stop to think about, but homeless women are often left without these basic and essential products while living on the streets. Nobody should go without life’s little essentials.”