Share the Dignity
It’s hard to comprehend that there are Australian girls living without basic needs such as sanitary items. We go to school, work, the gym, and hang out with our besties all the time—imagine the anxiety that would come from doing all these things with the fear of public embarrassment during your monthly period. Imagine having to bundle up toilet paper, and newspapers, just to try to get by? It’s unthinkable, and that’s why Supré HQ is supporting Share the Dignity on their August Dignity Drive, to help raise 350,000 donations of sanitary items for underprivileged women.
We are proud to support this amazing cause, because here at Supré HQ we strongly believe that empowered girls, empower girls! Another firm believer in this message is Share the Dignity’s Founder, Rochelle. We were lucky enough to sit down with her and learn more about the Dignity Drive and why she’s so passionate about this cause.
Listen up Girl Gang, the below is srsly boss babe level inspiring!
Supré: What inspires you to make a difference?
Rochelle: The fact that I can. If you’re able to use the tools and skills you’ve been given in life, whether that’s to rally friends around you to help your cause, or buy one packet of pads to help one women, you should. Kindness is free, sprinkle it everywhere.
Supré: How do you find the confidence to try to enforce change?
Rochelle: Oh wow, I have made so many mistakes. You learn the most from making mistakes, but I also believe that you surround yourself with amazing women, and women together can do anything. I never thought for a second I could do all this myself, I may be the driver of the train but 1500 people have jumped on that train and they fuel it constantly.
Supré: How do you overcome professional obstacles?
Rochelle: Again, I say that I am happy to make mistakes, and am more than happy to make those mistakes and learn the lesson. I then look at the lesson and ask myself if it’s something I need to address personally, and I will go and relearn skills, or surround myself with people who have those skills. You must constantly reflect on yourself, because if you keep doing the same thing you’ll keep getting the same result. It’s also about being able to get pushed over, and get back up again.
Supré: Why did you start Share the Dignity?
Rochelle: I started Share the Dignity because I read that there was a need in Australia. I learned there was a problem, and at first I didn’t really anticipate that I could fix the whole problem, but I was lucky enough to be able to surround myself with people who believed that we could do this together.
Supré: How do you motivate yourself to stay positive when you see hardship?
Rochelle: I always come back to my ‘why’. When I am tired, or cranky I ask myself why do I do it? I reflect on the stories I have heard from these girls. I think about how that young girl felt when she got bullied at school for staining her dress, and was sent home, only to be told by her mother that she couldn’t afford sanitary items until pay-day. My why is very easy.
Supré: What do you say to people who don’t feel like they have a large enough voice to help make a difference in the world?
Rochelle: Be a squeaky voice! Every voice, whether it’s loud or quiet makes a difference. Every voice has its own value. Start with your little voice and be passionate, don’t take no for an answer.
Supré: How can girls get involved?
Rochelle: I always say, your voice is the most powerful thing you have. Start, a conversation, talk about Share the Dignity. Donate a packet of pads or tampons, if you can’t afford to donate goods, donate your time. You can also come on board as volunteers, there are so many ways you can get involved!
If you’d like to help this important cause, check out the info below:
Dignity Drive Collection Points: https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/volunteer-application-form.html
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